Iowa Men Say Road Rage Was "Hate Crime"

19-year-old adopted twins Joe and King Saufley told WOWT 6 News on Sunday they appreciate their life in Tabor, Iowa. But they said they recently experienced what they are calling a “hate crime.”

The two men were driving down Highway 275 the night of January 9th, when they said a truck in front of them slowed down to 5 or 10 miles per hour. They decided to pass the truck, and when they did, they said the truck sped up, hitting their bumper. When the two arrived at a stop sign near the Highway 34 intersection, the passenger of the truck got out.

The boys said the man then took a shotgun and used the heavy end of it to smash in the driver’s side window. He then allegedly began to pull King out of the truck. At that point he hit the gas, and took off.

The night of the attack, Jim Saufley went out to the scene where he found a glove and a bullet from a shotgun. He said he called his friend, a police officer, and asked him to track down a vehicle that matched the description his sons gave. The officer told Saufley he already ran a check on that truck earlier in the night because it looked suspicious. He called it in to the Sheriff’s Dept.

Sheriff’s Deputies with the Mills County Sheriff’s Department tracked down the truck five days later and arrested Douglas Wayne Fauble, Jr. He is charged with Assault and Criminal Mischief.

Jim Saufley said, “I believe that if it had been two white boys driving that van and passed those guys i don't believe anything would have happened, there have been instances we’ve dealt with like this before”

King said the possibility that someone would attack him due to his race has hit hard.
“Just in that situation and having it all come back...that situation was the toughest and will be the toughest of my life."

The two said they have lost their sense of security. They hope to speak in court about what happened.

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