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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 Texas in 2022.

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Fast Facts on Texas Hate Crime Incidents*

Bias Motivation Categories by Year

Bias Motivation Category 2020 2021 2022
Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 288 347 350
Religion 31 53 76
Sexual Orientation 70 111 127
Disability 6 17 15
Gender 9 10 7
Gender Identity 7 28 41
Total: 411 566 616

Types of Crime

Crimes Against Persons 432  64.6%
Crimes Against Property 216 32.3%
Crimes Against Society 21 3.1%

Bias Motivation Categories

Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 350 56.8%
Religion 76 12.3%
Sexual Orientation 127 20.6%
Disability 15 2.4%
Gender 7 1.1%
Gender Identity 41 6.7%

 


*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 Texas man was sentenced to three months in prison for threatening a Boston doctor who provided care to gender nonconforming children.

After misinformation spread online about procedures being performed at the Boston Children’s Hospital, the defendant left a voicemail at the Boston-based National LGBTQIA+ Center, threatening to kill one of the Center’s affiliated doctors.

The man continued to try and contact the doctor, even calling a former employer and the university where the doctor worked.

Indictment: https://www.justice.gov/usao-ma/pr/texas-man-indicted-threatening-doctor-affiliated-national-lgbtqia-health-education

Sentencing: District of Massachusetts | Texas Man Who Threatened Doctor Serving Transgender Patients Sentenced to Three Months in Prison | United States Department of Justice

A New Mexico man has been sentenced to a year in prison after threatening to kill an elected Texas official.

The man left a voicemail for a Texas congresswoman in which he threatened to shoot her in the face and claimed that he was part of a movement to eradicate transgender people in government. The defendant admitted he threatened her because he mistakenly believed she was transgender. 

Sentencing: https://www.justice.gov/usao-nm/pr/las-cruces-man-sentenced-1-year-prison-threatening-us-congresswoman   

A Texas man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for setting fire to Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Austin, Texas.

When the defendant pleaded guilty, he admitted to targeting the synagogue because of his hatred of Jewish people. The man also possessed journals, decals, and stickers expressing antisemitic messages.  

Guilty Plea: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/texas-man-sentenced-antisemitic-hate-crime-after-seeking-burn-down-synagogue

A Texas man has pleaded guilty to five hate crimes for killing one person and attempting to kill four others because of their religious beliefs.

According to evidence, the defendant went to a car repair shop, made anti-Muslim statements, and pledged he would return to the business. A few days later, on December 24, 2015, the defendant asked customers if they were Muslim and opened fire. That day he shot and killed one person and attempted to kill three other people. As he was leaving, he attempted to kill a fourth person with his vehicle.

The defendant faces up to 37 years in prison.

Guilty Plea: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/texas-man-pleads-guilty-hate-crime-charges

Indictment: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/texas-man-indicted-hate-crime-shooting

 

A grand jury charged a Michigan man for threatening to kill Jewish people who work in the Michigan government using Twitter.

According to the charges, on February 17, 2023, the defendant tweeted a series of threats while in Texas, including “I’m heading back to Michigan now threatening to carry out the punishment of death to anyone that is jewish in the Michigan govt if they don’t leave, or confess.”

These are serious allegations. But the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/usao-edmi/pr/michigan-resident-indicted-hate-crime-threatening-kill-jewish-government-officials

A Texas man was sentenced to 90 consecutive life sentences in prison for carrying out a mass shooting at the Cielo Vista Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3, 2019, killing 23 people and injuring 22 more.

The defendant admitted that he killed and wounded people at the Walmart because of the national origin of the people he expected to be at the Walmart. He also admitted that he intended to kill everyone he shot.

The defendant wrote a manifesto and uploaded it to social media minutes before he launched his attack. In it, he characterized himself as a white nationalist, motivated to kill Hispanics because they were immigrating to the United States. He admitted selecting El Paso, a border city, as his target to stop Mexican and other Hispanic immigrants from coming to the United States.

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/texas-man-sentenced-90-consecutive-life-sentences-2019-mass-shooting-walmart-el-paso-texas

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdtx/pr/federal-grand-jury-el-paso-returns-superseding-indictment-against-patrick-crusius

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/texas-man-pleads-guilty-90-federal-hate-crimes-and-firearms-violations-august-2019-mass

Video of Press Conference: https://www.justice.gov/opa/video/texas-man-charged-federal-hate-crimes-and-firearm-offenses-related-august-3-2019-mass

Remarks from Civil Rights Division: https://www.justice.gov/opa/speech/remarks-assistant-attorney-general-eric-dreiband-announcing-united-states-v-patrick-wood

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdtx/pr/texas-man-charged-federal-hate-crimes-and-firearm-offenses-related-august-3-2019-mass

A Texas man pleaded guilty to a hate crime and arson for setting fire to a synagogue. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

On October 31, 2021, the defendant was spotted on a surveillance video carrying a five-gallon container and toilet paper toward the synagogue. Moments later, a fire broke out. A security camera recorded the defendant jogging away from the fire. The defendant admitted that he targeted the synagogue because of his hatred of Jews, and kept a journal filled with antisemitic statements.

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/texas-man-pleads-guilty-hate-crime-and-arson-setting-fire-synagogue

A federal grand jury indicted a Texas man for killing one person and attempting to kill four others during an attack at Omar’s Wheels and Tires, a Muslim-owned business, because of their religious beliefs.

According to evidence, the defendant went to Omar’s Wheels and Tires on December 24, 2015, shot and killed one person and attempted to kill three other people. As he was leaving, he attempted to kill a fourth person with his vehicle.

An indictment is a serious accusation. But the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/texas-man-indicted-hate-crime-shooting

A Texas man was sentenced to 25 years in prison on hate crime charges for attacking an Asian family he believed was Chinese and therefore responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic.

The man admitted that he entered Sam’s Club Warehouse in Midland, Texas, behind an Asian family with young children on March 14, 2020. He had never seen the family before and believed they were Chinese. He followed the family for several minutes because he thought they were “from the country who started spreading that disease around.” He found a serrated steak knife in the store, and cut the father in the face. He left the scene, only to retrieve another knife from the store. When he returned, he attacked the family’s two young children – then aged 6 and 2 years old – who were seated in the front basket of the shopping cart, slashing open the face of the six-year-old child. He also stabbed a Sam’s Club employee who intervened. While witnesses held the man down, he yelled “Get out of America!” at the family. The defendant admitted attempting to kill the 6-year-old child. He also admitted that he attacked the store employee because they prevented him from killing the child.

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/texas-man-sentenced-hate-crime-charges-attacking-asian-family

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/texas-man-pleads-guilty-hate-crime-charges-attacking-asian-family

A federal grand jury indicted a man for intentionally setting fire to the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Austin on October 31, 2021.

According to evidence, on October 31, 2021, a man set fire to the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue. Security video from that day shows the man moving toward the synagogue’s sanctuary. Moments later, video shows the glow of fire coming from the sanctuary. Then, it shows the man jogging away from the fire to an open vehicle.

No one was injured, but the fire caused over $200,000 in damage. The vehicle seen in the surveillance video was later traced to the defendant. On November 10, 2021, the FBI searched his house. During the search, agents found items like those seen on security videos, including the clothing worn by the defendant. The defendant also had journals with writings about the fire and his hatred of Jewish people.

The defendant faces at least 10 years and up to 60 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or twice the loss suffered by the victim, and additional fees for the amount of damage caused.

An indictment is a serious accusation. A defendant is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/texas-man-charged-civil-rights-violations-setting-fire-synagogue

A federal court sentenced a Washington man to seven years in prison for his role in a plot to threaten journalists and advocates. The man, a leader of the Neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division, targeted people who were working against anti-Semitism. Three others pled guilty for their roles in the plot in prior hearings.

According to evidence, the participants in this plot made threatening posters. The posters contained Nazi symbols, threatening language and imagery. The posters were then distributed to members of Atomwaffen Division online. Members of the hate-group then delivered or mailed the posters to targeted journalists and advocates.

In Seattle, the group sent posters to a TV journalist who had reported on Atomwaffen Division. The posters were also sent to members of the Anti-Defamation League, a leading Jewish civil rights organization. The group also targeted journalists in Phoenix and Tampa for reporting on anti-Semitism.

Complaint: https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdwa/press-release/file/1252306/download

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdwa/pr/arrests-four-states-racially-motivated-violent-extremists-targeting-journalists-and

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/leader-neo-nazi-group-sentenced-plot-target-journalists-and-advocates

Four Texas men have been sentenced to prison for their involvement in a scheme to target gay men for violent crimes: one to more than 11 years, another to 22 years, a third to 20 years, and most recently, a fourth was sentenced to more than 23 years.

The four defendants admitted that they conspired to target men in and around Dallas for violent crimes. Using Grindr, a social media dating platform used primarily by gay men, the defendants lured men to an apartment complex in Dallas. When the men arrived, the defendants held the men at gunpoint and forced them to drive to local ATMs to withdraw cash from their accounts. While the victims were held at gunpoint, some were physically assaulted, at least one victim was sexually assaulted, and all of the victims were taunted with gay slurs.

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/texas-man-sentenced-hate-crime-and-other-charges-after-using-dating-app-target-gay-men

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/three-texas-men-sentenced-prison-using-dating-app-target-gay-men-violent-crimes

A Texas man was sentenced to 24 years in prison for burning down the Victoria Islamic Center in January 2017. A week before the fire, the defendant broke into the mosque. The search of the defendant's home found stolen property from the mosque. A witness who was with the defendant on the night of the fire described how he used a lighter to set papers on fire inside the mosque and how excited he was to see the mosque in flames minutes after. The witness testified that the defendant said he burned down the mosque because he wanted to "send a message."

Sentencing: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/texas-man-sentenced-almost-25-years-hate-crime-burning-down-mosque-victoria-texas

News

April 3, 2024

Texas Man Sentenced for Hate Crimes Following Mass Shooting Targeting Muslims at Car Repair Shop


February 22, 2024

Texas Man Who Threatened Doctor Serving Transgender Patients Sentenced to Three Months in Prison


December 13, 2023

Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Doctor Affiliated with the National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center


November 29, 2023

Texas Man Sentenced for Antisemitic Hate Crime After Seeking to Burn Down Synagogue


November 29, 2023

Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Sending Death Threats


October 2, 2023

FBI Dallas Encourages Hate Crime Reporting; Reveals New Awareness Efforts


September 14, 2023

Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Hate Crime Charges


August 3, 2023

Statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office for Western District of Texas on the Fourth Anniversary of the El Paso Shooting


July 7, 2023

Texas Man Sentenced to 90 Consecutive Life Sentences for 2019 Mass Shooting at Walmart in El Paso, Texas


April 26, 2023

U.S. Attorney for Western District of Texas Emphasizes Commitment to Survivors of Crime During National Crime Victims’ Rights Week


April 21, 2023

Two Men Sentenced for Conspiring to Provide Material Support to Plot to Attack Power Grids in the United States


February 8, 2023

Texas Man Pleads Guilty to 90 Federal Hate Crimes and Firearms Violations for August 2019 Mass Shooting at Walmart in El Paso, Texas


April 7, 2023

Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Hate Crime and Arson for Setting Fire to Synagogue


April 6, 2023

U.S. Attorney for Northern District of California Hosts United Against Hate Forum to Connect Asian American Pacific Islander Community Groups to Law Enforcement


December 15, 2022

Texas Man Indicted for Threatening Doctor Affiliated with the National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center


December 8, 2022

Victims Sought in Relation to Violent Robberies of Transgender Victims


December 2, 2022

Texas Man Charged with Threatening Doctor Affiliated with the National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center


October 19, 2022

Texas Man Indicted for Hate Crime Shooting


October 14, 2022

U.S. Department of Justice Selects Southern District of Texas Office to Advance “United Against Hate”


October 3, 2022

FBI Dallas ‘Hate Crimes Awareness Day’ Recognized October Third


September 15, 2022

Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Threating Prominent New York Rabbis


August 4, 2022

Texas Man Sentenced on Hate Crime Charges for Attacking Asian Family


August 3, 2022

Joint Statement by Assistant Attorney General Clarke and U.S. Attorney Hoff on Third Anniversary of Walmart Shooting


March 24, 2022

Texas Man Charged with Civil Rights Violations for Setting Fire to Synagogue


February 23, 2022

Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Hate Crime Charges for Attacking Asian Family


January 26, 2022

Man Who Sold Pistol Used in Synagogue Hostage Crisis Federally Charged


January 20, 2022

Remarks by Director Christopher Wray to Anti-Defamation League on Hostage Incident in Colleyville, Texas


October 13, 2021

Texas Man Sentenced for Hate Crime and Other Charges After Using Dating App to Target Gay Men for Violent Crimes


October 8, 2021

FBI Dallas Encourages the Public to Report Hate Crimes


October 7, 2021

FBI Houston Launches Hate Crimes Reporting Campaign


September 29, 2021

FBI San Antonio Encourages Texans to Report Hate Crimes


September 24, 2021

FBI El Paso Urges the Public to Report Hate Crimes


August 3, 2021

U.S. Attorney for Western District of Texas’ Statement on Second Anniversary of Walmart Shooting


June 24, 2021

Three Texas Men Sentenced to Prison for Using Dating App to Target Gay Men for Violent Crimes


June 3, 2021

Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Hate Crime Charges After Using Dating App to Target Gay Men for Violent Crimes


May 4, 2021

Former Atomwaffen Division Leader Sentenced for Swatting Conspiracy


July 9, 2020

Federal Grand Jury in El Paso Returns Superseding Indictment in August 2019 Walmart


June 17, 2020

El Paso Man Faces Federal Charge of Posting Threatening Communications over the Internet


June 16, 2020

Joint Statement by U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox and Senior Advisor to the Office of the Assistant Attorney General Office of Justice Programs Bill Woolf before the Senate Judiciary Committee


February 26, 2020

Arrests in four states of racially motivated violent extremists targeting journalists and activists


February 6, 2020

Remarks by Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband Announcing the United States v. Patrick Wood Crusius Indictment


February 6, 2020

Texas Man Charged with Federal Hate Crimes and Firearm Offenses Related to August 3, 2019, Mass-Shooting in El Paso


December 13, 2019

Two Dallas Men Plead Guilty to Hate Crimes After Using Dating App to Target Gay Men for Violent Crimes


October 23, 2019

AG Barr recognizes SDTX attorneys for work on hate crime case


October 23, 2019

United States Attorney’s Office, Inter-Religious Council of Linn County, and Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission Host Forum on Protecting Places of Worship


August 4, 2019

FBI Statement Regarding Shootings in El Paso and Dayton


August 3, 2019

Statement from Attorney General William P. Barr on Today's Shooting in El Paso, Texas


May 30, 2019

Dallas Men Charged with Hate Crimes, Kidnapping, and Conspiracy after Targeting Gay Men for Violent Crimes


March 28, 2019

Dallas Man Pleads Guilty to Kidnapping and Conspiracy Charges After Targeting Gay Men for Violent Crimes


January 9, 2019

NDTX Roundup - 1/9/2019


October 24, 2018

Grapevine, Texas, Man Sentenced for Hate Crime


October 17, 2018

2018 Victoria Man Gets Significant Sentence for Hate Crime in Burning of Local Mosque


August 31, 2018

Jury Finds Texas Man Guilty of Aggravated Assault With Hate/Bias-Crime Enhancement


July 16, 2018

Jury Convicts Texas Man of Hate Crime in the Burning of Victoria, Texas, Mosque


July 12, 2018

Grapevine Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime Against an African-American Family


April 30, 2018

Two Texas Men Sentenced to 20 And 15 Years in Prison for Hate Crime Assault Based on Victim’s Sexual Orientation


February 28, 2018

Texas Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Hate Crime Assault Based on Victim’s Sexual Orientation


January 3, 2018

Texas Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Hate Crime


October 18, 2017

Fourth Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Hate Crime for Assault Based on Victim’s Sexual Orientation


September 18, 2017

Third Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Hate Crime for Assault Based on Victim’s Sexual Orientation


August 22, 2017

Two Texas Men Plead Guilty to Federal Hate Crime for Assaults Based on Victim’s Sexual Orientation


June 22, 2017

Victoria Man Charged with Hate Crime in Burning of Mosque


May 10, 2017

Four Texas Men Indicted on Federal Hate Crime and Conspiracy Charges for Assaults Based on Victims’ Sexual Orientation


 

DOJ Offices

FBI Field Offices

FBI

Dallas
One Justice Way
Dallas, TX 75220

T: 972.559.5000
dallas.fbi.gov

Houston
1 Justice Park Drive
Houston, TX 77292

T: 713.693.5000
houston.fbi.gov

El Paso
El Paso Federal Justice Center
660 South Mesa Hills Drive
El Paso, TX 79912

T: 915.832.5000
elpaso.fbi.gov

San Antonio
5740 University Heights Boulevard,
San Antonio, TX 78249

T: 210.225.6741
sanantonio.fbi.gov


U.S. Attorneys' Offices

DOJ

 

Eastern District of Texas (Plano)
www.justice.gov/usao-edtx/contact-us

Northern District of Texas (Dallas)
www.justice.gov/usao-ndtx/contact-us

Southern District of Texas (Houston)
www.justice.gov/usao-sdtx/contact-us

Western District of Texas (San Antonio)
www.justice.gov/usao-wdtx/contact-us


CRS Regional Offices

CRS

 

Southwestern Regional Office
1999 Bryan Street
Suite 2050
Dallas, TX 75201

T: 214.655.8175
F: 214.655.8184
askcrs@usdoj.gov

Southwestern Field Office
515 Rusk Avenuee
Suite 12605
Houston, TX 77002

T: 713.718.4861
F: 713.718.4862
askcrs@usdoj.gov

Updated April 10, 2024