Man Charged With Misdemeanor Hate Crime In Attack On Teens - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |

Man Charged With Misdemeanor Hate Crime In Attack On Teens In Edmond

Posted: Updated:
The incident means James Roper violated his probation on a previous conviction. The incident means James Roper violated his probation on a previous conviction.
EDMOND, Oklahoma -

A man accused of trying to run down four black teenagers in Edmond is now charged with a misdemeanor hate crime.

The incident happened on June 27. According to police, four black teenagers say a white man, later identified as 31-year-old James Roper, tried to run them down with his car in an Edmond neighborhood before beating up one of the teens.

6/29/2012 Related Story: Details Released In Possible Hate Crime In Edmond

In an interview, Roper told News 9 that he didn't do anything wrong. He said he saw the teens trying to break into a house, so he chased them. He said he doesn't remember punching the teen, but if he did he only did it in self-defense.

6/29/2012 Related Story: Man Accused In Edmond Possible Hate Crime Speaks To News 9 Before His Arrest

Roper said he was trying to help his neighbors after a series of car and home break-ins in the area; but investigators said he went after the teens because they were black.

The incident means James Roper violated his probation on a previous conviction.

Roper has agreed to a plea deal and is expected to serve three years in prison. Formal sentencing is set for October 9.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Featured On News9.com

  • Consumer Watch

    Been a victim of a scam? The Consumer Watch team investigates and gives helpful advice.

  • Local News

    Get the latest breaking news, current events and headlines affecting Oklahomans.

  • My 2 Cents

    Join Kelly Ogle in a community conversation about important Oklahoma issues.

  • 9 Investigates

    Are you aware of incidents of fraud, corruption, government waste? We investigate.

Powered by Frankly
News 9
7401 N. Kelley Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
News9.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KWTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.