COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The FBI is investigating after someone burned a cross outside the house of a man accused of posing as a social worker to take advantage of vulnerable adults.
Columbia police and firefighters responded to Mitchell Smith's house on Gervais Street around 4:20am Friday and found the cross still smoldering in the yard. Smith also told police someone threw a brick through his window.
"My dad called in a very frantic voice," said Smith's son, Mitchell Smith II. "I couldn't really hear what he was saying. All I could hear was a cross was burning and I didn't know and he said get here quickly and I didn't know if my dad was harmed or anything."
Smith says a note was attached to the brick. The note said, "We don't want ya'll here" and included a number of racial slurs.