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The supervisor of the gay-owned Rehoboth Beach Guest House has expressed alarm that a 23-yr-aged Rehoboth person who was arrested on Feb. 2 on misdemeanor costs and produced the exact working day for allegedly pulling down a Rainbow Satisfaction flag from the guest household porch could return to the popular LGBTQ B&B and commit an act of violence from him or just one of his visitors.

Tom Kelch, the assets manager in cost of the working day-to-working day functions of the Rehoboth Guest House, told the Washington Blade he despatched e-mail messages to the Rehoboth mayor, Town Commission users, and the police main informing them that Jordan Reed, who was arrested for what Kelch calls the “desecration” of his Rainbow flag, appears to be defiantly bragging about what he did in Facebook postings this 7 days.

Between other issues, Reed posted on his Fb page the Rehoboth law enforcement mug shot picture of him that was taken at the time of his arrest as his profile picture. A shorter time later, he posted as his profile photo a screenshot of a local Television set news station’s tale about his arrest.

Kelch stated he was more alarmed when he uncovered that Reed’s Facebook web page contains pics of a handgun and feedback suggesting he will not show up for his needed court look for the arrest joined to the rainbow flag incident.

“He indicates violence toward our govt,” Kelch explained to the Rehoboth town officials in describing Reed’s Facebook postings. “He proudly shares photos of his guns, medication, and dollars,” Kelch stated.

“He life regionally in West Rehoboth, and he carries on to existing a risk to us, our business enterprise, and our clients,” Kelch stated in his information to the officials. “He focused us for our beliefs detailed on our Pleasure flag.” 

The revelations of Reed’s Fb postings surfaced two times soon after the Rehoboth Guest Household and the LGBTQ group CAMP Rehoboth launched a joint assertion praising Rehoboth police for making a quick arrest in the flag incident but expressing strong disagreement with the original choice by police not to classify the incident as a detest crime.

In reaction to an inquiry from the Blade seeking an clarification for why police selected not to checklist the incident as a hate criminal offense, Rehoboth police spokesperson Lt. Jaime Riddle despatched the Blade a limited statement on Wednesday.

“The Rehoboth Law enforcement Office is at this time doing the job with the Delaware Department of Justice, Division of Civil Legal rights and Community Have faith in, to decide if the functions committed by Jordan Reed on February 1st, 2022, satisfy the conditions of a loathe criminal offense based mostly on existing Delaware laws,” the assertion suggests. 

In a message sent to Kelch before this week, Rehoboth Police Main Keith Banking companies explained, “At the time of Mr. Reed’s apprehension, we did not experience we had adequate possible trigger to demand him with the aspects contained in a despise criminal offense statute.” Banking companies additional that the police were being working with the state Legal professional General’s Place of work “to see if they identify if the circumstance warrants any more fees becoming extra.”

A Feb. 3 Rehoboth Police press launch asserting Reed’s arrest in relationship with the flag incident does not recognize the flag as a Rainbow Satisfaction flag or that it was eradicated from a gay visitor dwelling.

“On Tuesday, February 1st, 2022, at close to 2:30 pm, Rehoboth Seashore Police ended up named to the second block of Maryland Avenue for a disorderly subject matter who entered on to a household house, taken out a flag from the front porch and buried it in the snow,” the release claims.

“While on the scene at the residence, at close to 3:15 pm, the responding officer was contacted by a different sufferer who reported that the tire to his trailer had been slashed,” the launch states, incorporating that the trailer was parked on the exact block as the “residential property” where by the flag was eliminated.

The release claims that right after interviewing witnesses and viewing video surveillance footage that Kelch reported the Rehoboth Guest Property gave to police, law enforcement investigators discovered Reed as a suspect in the incident. It claims that on Feb. 2 police observed Reed walking alongside Rehoboth Avenue and apprehended him without the need of incident.

Reed was arrested and charged with 1 rely of legal mischief under $1,000, 1 rely of third-degree prison trespass, and 1 count of disorderly carry out, the police push release suggests. It claims Reed was released on $1,500 unsecured bail.

Documents from the Sussex County, Del., Court docket of Frequent Pleas, where the case was filed, exhibit that Reed is scheduled to return to court on May 16 for an arraignment hearing.

Court docket information also display that Reed has at the very least 4 other misdemeanor scenarios pending towards him on fees that contain tried arson, felony trespass, theft, and burglary. The documents demonstrate that in the burglary case, for which Reed was arrested on Sept. 9, 2021, he unsuccessful to look for a Sept. 30 arraignment.

The documents do not display what, if any, motion law enforcement or prosecutors might have taken in response to his failure to present up for the arraignment.

Kelch, in the meantime, instructed the Blade and the Rehoboth City officers he wrote to that he believes the movie footage demonstrating Reed pulling down his Rainbow Pleasure flag constitutes clear proof that the incident was a hate crime.

“I went again inside of to overview the cameras and found that he experienced ripped the Satisfaction flag off the dwelling, threw it on the ground, stomped on it, kicked it in excess of to a snow pile, commenced to bury it, sat on it, spit into his arms and rubbed them on to the flag, finished burying it under the snow financial institution, stood up and walked absent out of digital camera perspective,” Kelch reported in his e-mail to the Rehoboth officials.

“After calling police, we found that he quickly slashed a tire on our road appropriate just after attacking and desecrating our Pleasure flag,” Kelch wrote. “A crystal clear expression of hatred and an act of violence to motivate panic,” Kelch continued. 

“Thank God I did not go out to confront him and waited until he remaining right before I investigated,” he explained. “The police report belittled what occurred by stating he just took a flag down and place it in the snow. This was extremely upsetting for it to be so minimized in the community report.”