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Raleigh man faces ethnic intimidation charge

Posted January 27, 2011 4:34 p.m. EST
Updated January 27, 2011 4:38 p.m. EST

— Police charged a Raleigh man Thursday with threatening a black woman at a downtown bus depot.

Steven Ernest Emerson, 55, of 1420 S. Wilmington St., was charged with ethnic intimidation, assault and battery and disorderly conduct at a terminal. He was being held in the Wake County jail under a $15,000 bond.

According to an arrest warrant, Emerson displayed a knife to the woman in the depot, used a racial slur and said she "needed to go back to Africa."

The woman went to get help from police and missed her bus, the warrant states.