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Please click the image/link below to download a fact sheet with detailed graphics and information on hate crimes reported to the FBI for Missouri in 2022.

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Fast Facts on Missouri Hate Crime Incidents*

Bias Motivation Categories by Year

Bias Motivation Category 2020 2021 2022
Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 78 131 119
Religion 15 27 35
Sexual Orientation 18 38 29
Disability 2 4 4
Gender 3 2 4
Gender Identity 2 9 8
Total: 118 211 199

Types of Crime

Crimes Against Persons 184 73.0%
Crimes Against Property 64 25.4%
Crimes Against Society 4 1.6%

Bias Motivation Categories

Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 119 59.8%
Religion 35 17.6%
Sexual Orientation 29 14.6%
Disability 4 2.0%
Gender 4 2.0%
Gender Identity 8 4.0%


*2021 was the first year that the annual hate crimes statistics were reported entirely through the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).  As a result of the shift to NIBRS-only data collection, law enforcement agency participation in submitting all crime statistics, including hate crimes, fell significantly from 2020 to 2021.  

Case Examples

A Missouri man was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison, in addition to owing $551,217.91 in damages, for hate crime and arson violations after pleading guilty to burning down the Cape Girardeau Islamic Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

On April 24, 2020, the first morning of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, at about 4:50 a.m., the defendant set fire to the Islamic Center at 298 Northwest End Boulevard, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Video showed him throwing multiple objects through the building’s glass window, causing it to break. He poured the contents of two gallon-sized containers throughout the foyer and down the hallway and then lit two fires that immediately spread through the inside of the building.

The Islamic Center suffered severe damage that rendered it unsuitable for use as a religious center. The defendant admitted that he set the fire because of the religious character of the building.

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A Missouri man was sentenced to more than 21 years in prison without parole after pleading guilty for attempting to murder a teenager because of his sexual orientation.

According to the plea, after a chance meeting at the Kansas City Public Library on May 29, 2019, the defendant and victim talked briefly over Facebook Messenger. The defendant then went with the victim to the Swope Park area under the guise of looking for a place to engage in a sex act. Around the same time, the defendant wrote to his girlfriend that he “might shoot this boy” because of his sexual orientation. After arriving at a secluded area with the victim, the defendant shot the victim eight times.

The defendant fled from the woods toward his apartment and tried to avoid detection or arrest. Later that day, and in the days that followed, he told people that he shot the victim because of his sexual orientation.

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A man from St. Louis admitted threatening to blow up a St. Louis synagogue in 2021.

The defendant admitted to calling the St. Louis office of the FBI on Nov. 5, 2021 and saying, “I’m going to blow up a church.” He gave his name and identified his target as the Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis, saying he would act the next morning, while people were inside.

The defendant continued to contact the FBI with threats, saying he hated Jewish people “with rage.” In a third call, he gave his location, which was on the same street as the targeted Church. Officers arrested the man without further incident.

The charges carry a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

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A federal grand jury in Kansas City, Missouri has charged a Missouri man with hate crime and firearm charges.

According to court documents, the defendant allegedly shot the victim, trying to kill him with a handgun because of his sexual orientation, causing significant non-fatal injuries.

An indictment is merely an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. If guilty, the defendant faces up to life in prison on the hate crime charge and at least 10 years in prison on the firearm charge.

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August 2, 2023

Missouri Man Sentenced for Setting Fire to Islamic Center

April 20, 2023

Missouri Man Sentenced for Hate Crime in Attempted Murder of Teen Because of His Sexual Orientation

December 15, 2022

Hate Crime Incidents in Missouri Jumped by Almost 70%

December 13, 2022

Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime and Arson Charges for Burning Down Islamic Center

August 8, 2022

Missouri Man Admits Threatening to Blow up a St. Louis Synagogue

July 7, 2022

Kansas City, Missouri, Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime in Attempted Murder of Teen

May 5, 2022

Missouri Man Charged with Federal Hate Crime and Arson for Burning Down a Church

September 22, 2021

FBI St. Louis and Partners Encourage the Public to Report Hate Crimes

August 11, 2021

Missouri Man Indicted on Federal Hate Crime and Firearm Charges

April 14, 2021

U.S. Attorney's Office and FBI Urge Public to Report Hate Crimes

August 26, 2020

Missouri Man Sentenced to 46 Months for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

May 12, 2020

Missouri Man Indicted for Hate Crime and Arson Charges

July 24, 2018

Missouri Man Sentenced to Two Years for Hate Crimes

March 28, 2018

Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Hate Crimes for Making Threats Against Augusta Mosque



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DOJ Offices

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Kansas City
1300 Summit Street
Kansas City, MO 64105

T: 816.512.8200

St. Louis
2222 Market Street
St. Louis, MO 63103

T: 314.589.2500

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Eastern District of Missouri (St. Louis)

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Central Regional Office
601 E. 12th Street
Suite 0802
Kansas City, MO 64106

T: 816.426.7434
F: 816.426.7441

Updated January 10, 2024