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Police arrest Corning man for hate crime

After the repeated and intentional harassment of a neighbor, a Corning man is facing a hate crime charge.

Robert D. Robbins, 73, of Corning has been charged with first degree harassment in the form of a hate crime.

Police say a charge like this in that area is rare.

Due to it being a hate crime, it moves it up to a Class A misdemeanor from a Class B.

The sheriff involved clarified that this was an isolated event and not a sign that there’s an increase in hate crimes.

Two different witnesses stated that they heard Robbins use derogatory racial terms against the victim.