Alleged victim says: "If people love on each other, then we wouldn't have this issue."

ALLIANCE  A 26-year-old Butler, Pa. man was in the Stark County Jail Thursday after a confrontation at a traffic accident scene where he referred to a woman with an ethnic slur and said, "white power" before his girlfriend restrained him from retrieving a handgun, police said.

The man has been charged with a fifth-degree felony charge of ethnic intimidation and misdemeanor charges of aggravated menacing, leaving the scene of an accident and driving with a suspended license as well as a traffic violation.

 

According to police, a vehicle collision took place around W. State Street and Sawburg Avenue around 8 a.m. Tuesday.

About 30 minutes later, the alleged victim posted on social media two video clips of the encounter. She apparently started filming the vehicle behind her immediately after the reported collision. The man in that vehicle, then drove off and said to her that "ain't nothing wrong with your car," before referring to her with a racial slur.

The woman, who is black, followed the man until he stopped at a parking lot at 2033 W. State Street.

"These people just hit me and they just hit me, and now they are switching places," the woman said in her second video clip. As she spoke, the man began walking rapidly toward her vehicle before saying, "White (expletive) power!"

"White power?" the woman asked. "Did you say white power to me?"

The man who was accompanied by a woman then went to the passenger side of his vehicle, opened the door and entered the vehicle.

He poked his head out the window and said, "You want to make something of it?"

The woman asked, "What are you going to do? Kill me?"

The video then ends.

The woman told police the man returned to his vehicle to search for what she believed to be a weapon while saying, "Do you really want a problem?"

Police said the woman accompanying the man, later confirmed by police to be his girlfriend, told them the man had been trying to retrieve his handgun from the glove compartment before she stopped him. The girlfriend was later charged with the misdemeanor of obstructing official business for switching places with him to conceal that he had been the driver in the accident and initially denying to police on the phone that she was the woman in the video.

At 2:09 p.m. Tuesday, Alliance Police posted a picture from the video showing the man with a beard and glasses, wearing a leather vest without any clothing underneath, black pants and a cap approaching the victim in the parking lot. Police asked the public for help in identifying him.

Police Capt. John Jenkins said police in Butler, Pa., assisted by trying to find the man's girlfriend at her house. The girlfriend owned the 2004 Chevy Malibu in the video. The couple had no connections to Alliance. Jenkins said they drove through Alliance, more than two hours away from home for what the girlfriend said was no reason other than "to just take a drive for an adventure."

Jenkins said police contacted the girlfriend's father who convinced the couple to return to Alliance to turn themselves in. The father drove them both to the Alliance police station Wednesday. The girlfriend posted 10 percent of $1,500 bond and was released. The Butler man will likely remain in the jail until his 12:50 p.m. video arraignment Friday in Alliance Municipal Court.

Jenkins said Butler police are investigating whether the man legally owned the handgun and are seeking to locate it.

The woman who filmed the encounter, identified by WKYC in its report Wednesday as Jolean Dailey, told the TV station she was on her way to work when the accident took place.

"I could feel it in my gut. Something wasn't right," she said to WKYC. "It wasn't like we had any words, any confrontation. He bumped into me. ... This guy has so much rage. Just from something that he did.

"If people love on each other, then we wouldn't have this issue."

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