A New Jersey man faces intimidation charges after he was recorded shouting and swearing at bystanders in the aftermath of a three-car crash.
Video footage showed Elijah Chandler, 34, kicking a man’s car and yelling profanities and anti-Semitic epithets at several bystanders wearing Orthodox Jewish apparel following the accident. The incident occurred on Thursday at the southwest corner of the intersection of East Kennedy Blvd. and Clifton Avenue in Lakewood, N.J.
Chandler, wearing a red and white striped T-shirt, lost his temper after accusing a driver of running a red light and crashing into his vehicle. The man, accompanied by a female, then unleashed an obscenity-laden rant at the people standing nearby.
The woman could be heard yelling that “my daughter was in the car.”
“The [expletive] ran the light,” Chandler shouted gesturing at a man. “He tried to beat the light, like all y’all [expletive].”
“Go back to your country,” he added at the end of the video.
Witnesses have also claimed the man advanced upon the car, opened its door and dragged the man from his vehicle but that part is not included in the video. They also said Chandler collapsed at the end of the interaction; it has not yet been confirmed if it was just an act or if the man had some medical condition that would account for it.
“Further investigation revealed that Chandler was harassing and trying to intimidate those involved as well as bystanders by yelling bias statements and threatening to physically harm them,” Detective Lieutenant Greg Staffordsmith told The Lakewood Scoop.
Chandler was arrested on Monday on charges of bias intimidation, making terrorist threats, harassment for his anti-Semitic rant and criminal mischief.
He is being held at the Ocean County Jail on a bail of $41,000.
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