Bemidji cross burning: Two white men, ages 19 and 20, arrested [MUGSHOTS]
|The matriarch of a biracial family said she was "scared to death" after discovering a burning cross in her yard.|
Deputies arrested Derek Barnes, 20, and Ryan Fairbanks, 19. The duo have yet to be charged, but the Bemidji Pioneer reports they could face either gross misdemeanor or felony hate-crime charges.
Further information about law enforcement's investigation and the circumstances of the arrests wasn't immediately available.
Around 12:40 a.m. on May 25, a Bemidji-area woman was sitting in her rural Northern Township home when see saw the sky seemingly catch fire. She ran outside, and there was an 8-foot-tall burning cross propped against a tree.
The woman is white, but her husband and the father of her two adult children is black.
Here's Barnes' mug:
And here's Fairbanks':
-- Biracial Bemidji-area family finds burning cross in yard