According to court papers, a Des Moines woman intentionally hit a 14-year-old central Iowa girl with her SUV this month.
42-year-old Nicole Poole Franklin informed the police that she targeted the 14-year-old victim because the victim is Mexican. Clive Police Chief Michael Venema said on a press conference on Friday morning that Franklin now faces an attempted murder charge and several other charges from a racially-charged event that occurred 15 minutes later.
Community members are asking for 42-year-old Franklin to be charged with a hate crime because she admitted targeting the 14-year-old girl because of race. Officials are not ruling that out.
Police said that the 42-year-old Franklin was charged with attempted murder on Friday after police connected her to the hit-and-run. She is held with a bond of $1 million.
According to a criminal complaint filed Friday, Franklin admitted to police on Thursday that she purposely hit the girl because she was Hispanic.
Venema stated at Friday’s news conference that there’s no proof at this time to show Franklin’s decision to hit the girl was planned. But, he continued, hate crime charges are being examined.
According to a criminal complaint, in February 2018, the 42-year-old woman was charged with harassment and domestic abuse assault after she bit her boyfriend and threw something that struck him in the back of the neck. During the fight, Franklin picked up a butcher’s knife and frequently stated she would kill her boyfriend, the complaint said.