Police investigate Rogers Park fire as possible hate crime

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CHICAGO -- Chicago police are looking into whether a suspected arson case in the city's Rogers Park neighborhood is also a hate crime.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested and charged with two counts of arson and one count of burglary for allegedly torching a garage in the 7500 block of North Winchester Tuesday morning.

The teen was arrested after neighbors spotted him trying to hide in a yard next to the victims' home while firefighters were still on the scene.

Police are looking for a possible second suspect whom neighbors reported seeing at the scene.

The victim told WGN-TV the suspect had to jump several fences to get to his garage.

The victims' Ford Explorer was destroyed in the fire, but there's no evidence anything had been stolen.

Police say the teen suspect lived in the neighborhood and may have deliberately targeted the victim and his husband.



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