A hate crime suspect accused of hurling racial slurs at a Verizon Wireless employee will appear in court Wednesday for violating probation terms.
Andrew Robert DeCarlo, 36, of Somerville, is accused of shouting racial slurs at the cell phone store employees on Tuesday in Arlington.
Police received a call of a disturbance at 8 p.m. at the Massachusetts Avenue store, according to officials. At the scene, they were told the suspect entered to store to get his cell phone fixed and after employees told him they could only fix Verizon phones, he became aggressive.
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DeCarlo, who is known to police for previous incidents, left the store and was arrested shortly after the confrontation.
According to a police report, the suspect allegedly told responding officers, "We are proud members of the Aryan Brotherhood. He should go back to his own country…Donald Trump is the president."
"Whether you live or work in this community, you have the right to do so without being placed into fear," Arlington Police Capt. Richard Flynn said. "This was clearly a situation where this man, because of his ethnic background, was placed in fear and there’s really no place for that."
DeCarlo was charged with assault with intent to intimidate as a hate crime on Wednesday at Cambridge District Court.
He is scheduled to appear in Somerville District Court on Thursday for violating his probation in an unrelated case.