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Police: Four teenagers charged in "horrific" hate crime

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ANSON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

Investigators in Anson County say four teenagers have been charged in what police are calling a racially motivated hate crime.

According to the Lilesville Police Chief, Anson County deputies responded to a call for help along the 100-block of Camden Street early Saturday morning around 4:30 a.m.

When deputies arrived they found a burned cross in the front yard of a home.

Police Chief Bobby Gallimore says the incident was racially motivated and they have charged four white teens in connection to the hate crime. 

Nineteen-year-old Ethan Boyette and 18-year-old William Sheppard were arrested and are currently being held in the Anson County.

Boyette is charged with ethnic intimidation, injury to property, trespassing, and resisting a public officer. He's being held under a $210,000 bond.

Sheppard is charged with trespassing, injury to property and accessory after the fact of committing a felony. He's being held on a $110,000 bond.

Ben Benson, 18, turned himself in to police on Mionday. He was charged with trespassing, injury to property and accessory after the fact of committing a felony.

A 16-year-old girl was charged with accessory after the fact of committing a felony but has been released to her parents custody.

"I would like to thank Anson County Sheriff's Office and all those who helped with solving this horrific crime," Chief Gallimore told WBTV. 

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