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Massachusetts Home Invasion Investigated for Possible Online Gaming Motive and Hate Crime Element

Braintree police are investigating a home invasion in Massachusetts that occurred on Tuesday evening, which may have been motivated by online gaming and activity. The attackers left one resident with minor facial injuries and fled in a small black sedan, possibly a BMW.

Images from a surveillance system show two out of the three individuals who were involved in a burglary that took place in Braintree on Tuesday, April 25th.

Possible Hate Crime Element

The victim’s mother suggests a possible hate crime element in the attack, claiming that her 17-year-old son had been playing Minecraft on a YouTube livestream just hours before. According to the woman, as reported by WCVB, her son was being called names during the livestream, and the attackers referred to him by name when they entered the home.

Unknowingly, the victim answered the door, thinking it was a delivery person seeking a signature. According to Fox News,  Tall males in their late teens or early twenties were characterized as the attackers.

This is not the first criminal incident at the family’s home. On November 26, 2022, someone threw a rock through a window, and on April 17, there was a swatting incident where someone called the police impersonating the victim’s son. However, police are not currently linking these incidents to the home invasion.

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Appeal for Information

Investigators have not found any evidence of racial slurs used against the victim, so the police are not yet categorizing the attack as a hate crime. However, they are investigating the possible motive behind the attack and are appealing to anyone with information to contact them. The police are particularly interested in any information related to online gaming and activities that could be connected to the incident.

Anyone who recognizes the attackers or the vehicle is encouraged to contact the Braintree Police Department at (781) 794-8600. The victim, who is emotionally distressed, is physically okay.

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