November 24, 2020

Olde Towne East couple were victims of antisemitic threats, vandalism

Columbus, OH
- Federal, county, and city authorities are investigating a potential hate crime in Columbus involving a couple living in the Olde Towne East Neighborhood.

"We chose this part of town because of the neighborhood," said Nick Kinney, as he talked about his home, he and his wife Tiffany moved into last year after moving here from California.
"We love the neighbourhood," said Kinney who grew up in Bexley.

The couple tells ABC 6/FOX 28 News that on Nov. 7, the night Joe Biden was projected to win the presidency, a neighbor verbally attacked them with antisemitic threats and insults.

"He's tired of us liberals," said Kinney. "Horrible things about Hitler, it's no wonder Hitler burned our people, he knows we are Jewish."


Tiffany Kinney says the comments became more and more threatening.

"I'll put a bullet through your head like Hilter," said Tiffany Kinney. "Real disappointing and painful, the way this man must feel about Jews."

The couple says shortly after the verbal insults, they believe their neighbor threw rocks through their patio door and windows, shattering the glass. The vandalism, Nick says, was captured on a neighbour’s doorbell camera.

"It literally exploded, we are still finding shards of glass," said Nick.

Tiffany says the couple is still picking up pieces of glass inside their home, including in their dog's beds.

"When I stand by my window, I do not feel safe," said Tiffany.

The Kinneys said it took two hours for Columbus Police to respond to their home and officers were unable to get their neighbour to come outside of his house.

"He spat on us, he spat on me," said Nick. "Threw antisemitic speech at my father, threatened to shoot my father."

The Kinneys said they had an amicable relationship with their neighbour, even helping him scan documents for his business on one occasion, but it all ended the night they say they were targeted with hate.

"You can't treat people like this. It is not OK," said Tiffany.

ABC 6/FOX 28 attempted to contact the neighbor at his home, but no one answered the door. The man is not being named because no charges have been filed against him.

We have learned that the U.S Attorney's Office, the Franklin County Prosecutor, and the Columbus City Attorney are now determining which agency will go forward with the investigation.

"This is very unusual for Columbus," said Joel Marcovitch, CEO of JewishColumbus. "We don't really have incidents like this, we have wonderful relationships with all different religions."

Sources say the neighbor in question was also involved in a racial incident with a neighbor that involved a gun but charges were dismissed.

"It's not just about us being Jews," said Tiffany. "It's about being good people, where we are all friends and we take care of each other."

Source: ABC 6/FOX 28
Photo: An Olde Towne East couple allege that their neighbor made anti-semitic threats and vandalized their home. (The Kinney family)