Gay OKC man’s car fire-bombed in apparent hate crime

Posted on 25 Jul 2012 at 2:58pm

Jon Ferguson’s car

Members of the Cimarron Alliance, an Oklahoma City LGBT rights organization, plan to meet with the FBI on Wednesday afternoon about a possible hate crime that happened in the city on Saturday.

Jon Ferguson said he was awakened by his car alarm on Saturday morning at his Northwest Oklahoma City house. When he got up he found two men in the alley vandalizing his car. “Fag” was scrawled across the hood of the car.

As he approached the men, Ferguson reported that one of them threw an incendiary device into his Camaro, which burst into flames.

Hamilton said Ferguson isn’t sure whether the flames burned him or if it was debris flying from the car. He called 911 and jumped in the shower, which may have kept his injuries from becoming more severe, but he has burns on about 35 percent of his body.

“He will have some scarring,” Hamilton said.

Police are not calling it a hate crime at this time.

“This is still being handled as arson,” Hamilton said. “It made sense to get the FBI involved early.”

OKC’s News 9 reported on the incident.

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