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By Echo Menges
According to court documents, Mark Curtis Strange, 34, of Knox City, is being accused of alleged hate crimes.
Strange is facing one count of harassment motivated by discrimination to frighten or disturb another, a Class D felony, one count of property damage motivated by discrimination, a Class D felony, and one count of tampering with property of another second degree motivated by discrimination, a Class E felony.
The charges stem from an incident at a residence early Monday morning, September 11, 2023, at approximately
2:30 a.m. Strange is accused of going to the residence intoxicated and enraged, and beating on the side of the home while yelling “come outside (explicative deleted), so I can blow out your brains and feed them to your kids”, which was reported by a witness. A second witness told law enforcement Strange said, (witness one) “has that (explicative deleted) at her house” and “that (explicative deleted) will be there in the morning because I shot his tires out”. According to the Probable Cause Statement filed in the case, all four of the tires on the victim’s vehicle were flattened with damage to the sidewalls when law enforcement arrived.
Knox County Prosecutor Andrew Boster filed the criminal charges against Strange with the hate crime enhancements alleging the crimes were motivated by race.
An arrest warrant was issued for Strange by Knox County Associate Circuit Judge Tom Redington on September 15.
On September 21, Strange turned himself in to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and paid a $10,000 cash only bond. He was released from custody the same day.
Strange will appear in court for an initial appearance on Tuesday, October 10.
The information for this story was collected from public documents filed in the case against Strange, which is one sided.
Mark Strange is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in court.