Tips lead to arrest in Springfield racial intimidation case

An online tip led Officer Justin Swint to Sean Felger's Facebook account and he arrested Felger Saturday morning.

Posted: Aug. 12, 2018 6:46 PM
Updated: Aug. 12, 2018 6:49 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Springfield Police said tips from social media helped them make an arrest in a recent racial intimidation case. 

Sgt. Mike Massey said their investigators get a lot of leads from social media and it brings fast results. They posted a series of photos to their Facebook page last week in attempt to identify the man accused of yelling racist comments. 

An online tip led Officer Justin Swint to Sean Felger's Facebook account and he arrested Felger Saturday morning.

Police arrested Sean Felger on Second Degree Intimidation, Disorderly Conduct, and Harassment charges. They said Felger went on a hateful rage two weeks ago, yelling racist remarks at three Latino men who had just finished a day of roofing.

Sgt. Massey said sometimes people will change their appearance, if they know police are looking for them. He said that's what Felger did. He said social media can help with that too.

"The old pictures on social media don't go really go away, and then we can match them and follow up," said Sgt. Massey. "Which was the case with this."

He says they also receive a lot of tips through direct messages. Even though your username is sent along with your message, he said you can ask for your tip to be anonymous. He said they'll follow up on your lead and leave you out of it. 

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