The Garland Police Department needs the public’s helping finding the person sending threatening and racially charged letters to Latino families. The police have received four reports of the letters being sent out since this past weekend.
"The thing that concerns us is that these letters were sent to their home, it has threatening language in it, and it’s directed towards Latinos," said officer Joe Harn from the Garland Police.
One woman, who did not want to be identified, received a letter in her mailbox. She said it was addressed to her family, but there was no name or return address on the envelope.
She said she fears for her safety. “Scared. Scared about this letter, you know? Scared they’re going to come and do what they say, you know? I’m very scared.”
She said the letter told her to “leave the country now” and contained racially disparaging remarks as well as expletives.
“I want this to stop, you know? We’re all people, we’re all humans,” she said.
Police said whoever is writing the letters is sending them to the Buckingham and Lavon area in Garland. Police consider that offense harassment by writing and can carry a charge of a Class B Misdemeanor, up to a felony.
“We have talked with the FBI about this, we don’t know if it’s going to rise to the federal level, but certainly, we take it very seriously,” added Harn.
Police encourage other residents who have received similar letters to come forward and call them at 972-272-TIPS. Anyone with information about the letter writer can also call the tip line.