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Millcreek man charged with gun `hate crime’

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A Millcreek man has been charged with a hate crime after a gun was pointed at another man who honked at him at a car dealership last week.

A man, who is black, told police that on June 1 he drove into Carleson Cadillac, 1070 S. Main, and noticed a car blocking the entrance to the business, according to 3rd District Court charges filed Tuesday.The man honked his horn and the man in the car blocking the entrance got out and approached him yelling obscenities, the charges state. The man who was yelled at went inside the business, but the other man followed him inside holding a semi-automatic handgun asking "where is that (racial slur)? I'm going to get him," the charges state. The man with the gun stopped about 4 feet from the other man and said, "do you want to jump on me now, you (expletive)."

The victim told the man to put the gun away and to leave him alone, and he went into the showroom. The suspect left the building and sat in his truck until police arrived.

A Salt Lake police officer arrived as the suspect was driving out of the parking lot, the charges state. In the car, the officer found a loaded 9mm pistol on the passenger seat and a 9mm pistol in a pouch on the driver's side.

The suspect, a 57-year-old Millcreek man, has been charged with a hate crime, a third-degree felony; threatening with a dangerous weapon in a fight or quarrel, a class A misdemeanor; and carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle, a class B misdemeanor. He was released from the Salt Lake County Jail on $5,000 bail.