Authorities say he spray-painted a racial epithet on the vehicle

Thomas J. Hunt Racist Asshole

CLIFTON PARK — A Ballston Lake man has been charged with a hate crime after police say he spray-painted a racial epithet onto a Black man’s vehicle in the town of Clifton Park.

Thomas J. Hunt, 31, was charged with criminal mischief in the second degree as a hate crime, which is a felony in New York.

The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office says it was called to a business in the Northway 10 Industrial Park at 107 Pierce Road on Tuesday after it was reported that someone had spray-painted the epithet on a Black employee’s vehicle.

Following an investigation, Hunt was arrested and arraigned before Halfmoon Town Court Justice Katherine Suchocki and released on his own recognizance, the Sheriff’s Office said. He is scheduled to appear in the Clifton Park Town Court at a later date.

“We won’t tolerate the spread of hate in Saratoga County,” Sheriff Michael Zurlo said. “We will investigate any reported hate crimes and hold wrong doers accountable for their bad acts.”