WEBSTER, S.D. — A former South Dakota resident is calling for hate crime charges to be brought against a man he says stole an LGBTQ flag from his former residence and burned it while shouting obscenities.

Troy Kriech, of Minneapolis, said he started flying the rainbow flag June 6 when he lived at a Webster, S.D., residence with Cristy Brandt.

Kriech said he was sent a Facebook video Saturday, July 25, [warning: language] of a Webster resident burning the flag and yelling homophobic slurs and obscenities while doing so.

Kriech's former roommate, Brandt, still lives at the residence in Webster.

Brandt said that the flag had been installed on the house with screws. The flag went missing on Friday, July 24, while Brandt was at work from 3 to 6 p.m.

“I called the cops,” Brandt told Forum News Service in a Monday, July 27, phone interview. “They came over and took my statement. We had it screwed onto the house. There are still pieces of the flag hanging there. Then the video blows up on Facebook on Saturday. People are posting it and reporting it, just doggin' him out and everything. I showed the cops the video before he deleted it. Then someone else had managed to save the video.”

Kriech told Forum News Service on Sunday, July 26, that he is asking Day County State’s Attorney Danny Smeins to charge the man in the video with property damage, vandalism, theft and a hate crime.

As of Monday afternoon, Kriech has yet to hear back from Smeins' office regarding any pending charges.

Smeins told Forum News Service Monday that the incident is still under investigation.

"I don't think there's a crime itself in the burning of the flag. It's a crime to steal it and it's a crime to trespass on property to remove it." Smeins said. "I haven't seen the video yet to see if there's a threat being stated in it. There's some loose ends as far as the investigation goes. I don't know what's going to happen with this. It's complicated by the fact is the person complaining about it abandoned it, so it's really not his property unless there was an agreement.

"But I imagine he's the most offended by it being removed and burned. It's more or less whose property is it," Smeins said adding, "I don't have enough that I'm going to charge anybody."

Smeins said the person who is in the video burning the flag told authorities he had purchased the flag on his own and didn't steal it.

In the video, which was obtained by the Forum, the man can be heard yelling, “Your f------ flag that deserves to burn, burn, burn, burn you queer sons of b------,” while a rainbow flag is doused in lighter fluid then set aflame in a fire pit.

According to the South Dakota Attorney General’s website, a hate crime, also known as a bias crime, “is a criminal offense committed against a person, property, or society which is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender's bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or ethnicity/national origin.”

“The object of collection is to indicate whether the offender was motivated to commit the offense because of his/her bias against a racial, religious, disability, sexual-orientation group or ethnic/national origin," according to the website. "Because of the difficulty of ascertaining the offender's subjective motivation, bias is to be reported only if investigation reveals sufficient objective facts to lead a reasonable and prudent person to conclude that the offender's actions were motivated, in whole or in part, by bias."

Kriech said this kind of hatred is something he’s never experienced before in his life, noting that the small northeastern South Dakota town of about 1,900 people has always been welcoming regardless of someone’s background, identity or sexual orientation.

“It blows me away. I lived there for years, and I’ve never had a problem, even down here in the cities I’ve never had a problem,” Kriech said.