There were a total of 60 cases where defendants were charged with Pennsylvania’s hate crime statute in the state in 2016.

Of the more than 35,000 charged assaults in Pennsylvania last year, less than one tenth of one percent were charged as hate crimes.

All information is based on court records and police reports unless otherwise noted.

Jan. 4—A 53-year-old black man was charged with felony ethnic intimation, misdemeanor terroristic threats and summary harass for an incident that occurred a day earlier in Stowe Township. The man was held in Allegheny County Jail for eight days before pleading guilty just the summary harassment charge.

Jan. 21—A 21-year-old white man was charged with felony aggravated assault, ethnic intimidation, misdemeanor terroristic threats, simple assault and reckless endangerment in Philadelphia. The man was later found guilty of only the simple assault and reckless endangerment charge and sentenced to three to six months in jail and one year of probation.

Jan. 31—A 41-year-old black woman was charged with four felony counts of ethnic intimidation along with felony aggravated assault, misdemeanor terroristic threats, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and summary public drunkenness after she got into an altercation with McKees Rocks Police. During the incident, the woman yelled “death to all you white (explative)” and “I hope ISIS kills all your white (explative).” She later pleaded guilty to resisting arrest, public drunkeness and disorderly conduct and was sentenced to two years of probation. All other charges were withdrawn.

Feb. 11—A 45-year-old white woman was charged with misdemeanor ethnic intimidation and summary disorderly conduct using obscene language or gesture by UPMC Altoona Police for an incident that occurred on Feb. 4. She later pleaded guilty to the disorderly conduct charge and was ordered to pay a fine.

Feb. 16—A 44-year-old white man was charged with misdemeanor terroristic threats, harassment, ethnic intimidation and crimianl mischeif following an incident in Allentown on Jan. 27. The man was held jail for nearly four months in lieu of $200,000 bail before pleading guilty to the terroristic threats charge and being sentenced to one to three years in prison. All other charges were withdrawn.

Feb. 20—A 56-year-old white man was charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault, misdemeanor simple assault, ethnic intimidation and possession of a weapon and was released on $50,000 unsecured bail. The incident occurred in Delaware County. All charges but the one count of simple assault were withdrawn at the magisterial district judge level and the man was sentenced to a maximum of two years probation after pleading guilty to that charge.

Feb. 27—A 37-year-old white man was charged with felony aggravated assault, ethnic intimidation, misdemeanor simple assault, terroristic threats and reckless endangerment following an incident in Philadelphia a day earlier. The man has been held in county jail since in lieu of $75,000. He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and ethnic intimidation and has yet to be sentenced.

March 7—A 38-year-old white man in Chester County was charged with felony criminal trespass, misdemeanor possession of an instrument to commit a crime, summary criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and three misdemeanor counts of ethnic intimidation. The man spent 17 days in jail in lieu of $5,000 before pleading guilty to summary criminal mischief and disorderly conduct and being ordered to pay fines and fees. All other chargers were withdrawn. The incident occurred in Chester County.

March 8—A 19-year-old white man was charged with misdemeanor ethnic intimidation and summary harassment following an incident in Rostraver Township in Westmoreland County. The man later pleaded guilty to ethnic intimidation and was sentenced to one year of probation.

March 19—An argument with a neighbor led to a brief standoff between police and a 66-year-old white man in Abington Township. The man wielded a shotgun and threatened a neighbor before police arrived, according to The Intelligencer. He was charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault, felony ethnic intimidation, two misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats, five counts of misdemeanor reckless endangerment, misdemeanor simple assault and harassment. The man was later found guilty of one count each of teroristic threats, simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment. All other chargers were either withdrawn or received a not guilty verdict and the man was sentenced to six months in prison and three years of probation.

March 28—A 39-year-old white woman was charged with misdemeanor ethnic intimidation, summary harassment and disorderly conduct for using obscene language or making obscene gestures following an incident in Cambria County. She later pleaded guilty to ethnic intimidation and was sentenced to one year of probation.

April 11—A 29-year-old black man approached a woman in a parking garage in McKeesport, knocked her to the ground and struck her multiple times. The man never spoke to the woman and fled after assault, according to court records. He was charged with felony ethnic intimidation and stalking, misdemeanor simple assault, unlawful restraint and reckless endangerment as well as summary harassment. No information was provided in court records as to the racial or ethnic motivation and the man later pleaded guilty to simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment. He was sentenced to two years probation. The ethnic intimidation and unlawful restraint charges were withdrawn.

May 2—A 24-year-old white man and a 19-year-old white woman were charged with numerous offenses including misdemeanor ethnic intimidation, summary harassment and scattering rubbish after they left a severed cow’s head at an animal sanctuary founded by a Hindu man in Monroe Township, according to LehighValleyLive.com. The two said they were angry that the owner of the sanctuary had fenced off trails on the sanctuary property, according to the Pocono Record. The two later pleaded guilty to ethnic intimidation and were sentenced to one year of probation.

May 8—A 24-year-old white man was charged with felony aggravated assault, ethnic intimidation, misdemeanor simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and terroristic threats for an incident in Dauphin County. The aggravated assault charge was listed as being an assault on a public official like a police officer. The man spent roughly three months in jail before pleading guilty to simple assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest and being sentenced to one year of probation. All other charges were withdrawn.

May 20—A 28-year-old white man in Philadelphia was charged with numerous offenses including felony ethnic intimidation and misdemeanor terrorisitc threats. He spent roughly three months in jail before pleading guilty to ethnic intimidation and was sentenced to four years of probation. All other charges were dropped.

May 28—A 49-year-old white man was charged with felony ethnic intimidation, misdemeanor terroristic threats and disorderly conduct following a fight in Delaware County. The man spent roughly four months in jail in lieu of $15,000 bail before pleading guilty to summary disorderly conduct and being sentenced to probation. All other charges were dismissed.

May 27—A 39-year-old white man was charged with misdemeanor ethnic intimidation and summary harassment following an incident in Berks County. He later pleaded guilty to ethnic intimidation and was sentenced to one year of probation. The harassment charged was dismissed. This was the only ethnic intimidation case in Berks County in 2016.

May 29—A dispute between neighbors led to a 53-year-old black man being charged with multiple offenses including felony ethnic intimidation, misdemeanor simple assault and terroristic threats following an incident in Allegheny County. The man was reportedly angry because he believed an upstairs neighbor let the air of the tires of his vehicle, according to police. He yelled at the woman calling her “white trailer trash (expletive)” and told her if she came downstairs he was going to “bash her (expletive) head in,” police said. The man spent 14 days in jail and later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment. He was sentenced to six months of probation and all other charges were dropped.

May 31—A 33-year-old white man was charged with misdemeanor ethnic intimidation, disorderly conduct and stalking following an incident in Altoona. He later pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was sentenced to 18 months of probation. All other charges were dismissed.

June 1—A 40-year-old white man in Lancaster was charged with misdemeanor simple assault, ethnic intimidation and criminal mischief after he assault a black woman and used multiple ethnic slurs. The man reportedly broke the woman’s apartment door and said the woman “should be put in a cage” before throwing a phone at her, breaking her nose. This case is still awaiting a trial.

June 11—A 36-year-old black man was charged with numerous offenses including felony drug delivery, robbery, aggravated assault and ethnic intimidation for an incident in Philadelphia. This case is currently awaiting trial.

June 21—A 56-year-old white man was charged with misdemeanor ethnic intimidation and harassment for an incident in Chester County. The misdemeanor charges were later withdrawn and the man pleaded guilty to summary harassment. He was ordered to pay a fine as a result.

June 23—A 35-year-old white man was charged with misdemeanor ethnic intimidation, harassment and criminal mischief following an incident in Fayette County. He later pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced to one year of probation.

June 24—A 58-year-old white man was charged with two counts each of felony aggravated assault, ethnic intimidation, misdemeanor terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and summary harassment following an incident in Erie. The aggravated assault charges were for an assault on police officers and the ethnic intimidation were included as part of that assault, according to court records. The man spent roughly two months in jail before pleading guilty to one count of terroristic threats. He was sentenced to six months of probation and all other charges were dropped.

June 25—A 21-year-old black man was charged with numerous offenses including felony ethnic intimidation, misdemeanor terroristic threats and resisting arrest following an incident in Allegheny County. All charges were later withdrawn.

June 27—A 45-year-old white man bit a police officer and used a racial slur direct at Hispanic people during an incident in Franklin County. The man was charged with numerous offenses including felony aggravated assault, disarming a police officer, misdemeanor terroristic threat, ethnic intimidation and DUI. During the incident the man said he was going to “get dat gat” and that officers shoudl “say goodbye to the world, BOOM,” according to police. He later pleaded no contest to resisting arrest, DUI and drug charge. He was sentenced to six months to one year in prison and six months of probation.

July 25—A 21-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman, both white, were charged with ethnic intimidation and harassment after going a racist tirade directed at another inmate inside a police station in Allegheny County. The two had been arrested on drug charges and brought into the police station when they began screaming things like “White lives matter, (expletive) black live” and other racial slurs at a black woman who was being held awaiting transportation to county jail. Charges against the woman were later dropped. The man was later sentenced to 11 months of probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

July 29—A 61-year-old white man was charged with felony ethnic intimidation, terroristic threats and misdemeanor harassment following an incident in Delaware County. He later pleaded guilty to terroristic threats and was sentenced to two years of probation.

Aug. 3—A 51-year-old white man was charged with misdemeanor ethnic intimidation, harassment, summary disorderly conduct and driving without license following an incident in Montgomery Township. He was later 180 days of probation after pleading guilty to summary harassment and driving without a license. All other charges were dropped.

Aug. 13—A welfare check resulted in a 37-year-old white man being charged with misdemeanor ethnic intimidation, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after he hurled racial slurs at officers. The man was extremely intoxicated when he asked an officer if he was a citizen and told him to “go back to your own country you Gandhi (expletive),” according to police. He later pleaded guilty to two counts of disorderly conduct and was sentenced to 24 months of probation.

Sept. 1—A 53-year-old white woman was charged with misdemeanor ethnic intimidation, disorderly conduct, summary public drunkenness and scattering rubbish following an incident in Armstrong County. She later pleaded guilty to public drunkenness. All other charges were withdrawn.

Sept. 23—A 40-year-old white man was charged with numerous offenses including ethnic intimidation, simple assault and stalking following an incident in Philadelphia. He is currently being held in jail in lieu of $1 million bail and is awaiting trial.

Sept. 24—A 50-year-old black man, who had been arrested in connection to a burglary, was charged with multiple charges including felony ethnic intimidation, misdemeanor terroristic threats and resisting arrest in Allegheny County. After he was arrested the man called an officer an “(expletive) skin head”, “Gestapo” and “(expletive) Nazi,” according to police. He later pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and retail theft and was sentenced to one year of probation.

Sept. 24—A 50-year-old white man was charged with multiple offenses including felony aggravated assault and ethnic intimidation following what police described as a booze-fueled brawl in Scranton, according to The Times-Tribune. During the incident a juvenile was struck in the head with a baseball bat, according to The Times-Tribune. The man later pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit simple assault and was sentenced to three months in prison.

Oct. 3—A 47-year-old white man in Somerset County was charged with numerous offenses including felony teroristic threats, misdemeanor simple assault, ethnic intimidation and disrupting a train. The man is currently wanted as a fugitive.

Oct. 4—A 58-year-old black man in Allegheny County a GPS device to stalk and intimidate a woman. He was charged with felony ethnic intimidation, misdemeanor intimidating a witness, harassment and multiple counts of stalking. The man attached a GPS device to the woman’s car, showed up at places where she was and told her “You better not go to court,” according to police. No information about the racial or ethnic nature of the offenses was listed in police reports. This case is currently awaiting trial.

Oct. 5—A white man was charged with misdemeanor ethnic intimidation and harassment following an incident in Dauphin County. He was later sentenced to three months probation after pleading guilty to harassment. The ethnic intimidation charge was withdrawn.

Oct. 6—A 64-year-old white woman in York County was charged with multiple counts of felony ethnic intimidation, misdemeanor terroristic threats and harassment. She is currently performing community services and has been ordered to issue a letter of apology to the victims as part of a disposition prior to a finding of guilt.

Oct. 9—Two black women—35 and 45 years old—were charged with multiple offenses including felony aggravated assault and ethnic intimidation following a fight outside an Allegheny County bar. The two women confronted another woman outside the bar repeatedly punched and kicked her while yelling things like “this is what you (expletive) white (expletive) get,” according to police. Both cases are currently awaiting trial.

Oct. 9—Two black women—35 and 45 years old—were charged with multiple offenses including felony aggravated assault and ethnic intimidation following a fight outside an Allegheny County bar. The two women confronted another woman outside the bar repeatedly punched and kicked her while yelling things like “this is what you (expletive) white (expletive) get,” according to police. Both cases are currently awaiting trial.

Oct. 28—A 58-year-old white man in Allegheny County was charged with misdemeanor ethnic intimidation and harassment after made derogatory comments about Muslims to a woman while threatening to harm her. The woman told police she had asked the man to move his car, when began yelling things like “I hate all you Muslim (expletive),” “(expletive) you Muslim...” and “Allah is not going to let you into heaven if you keep acting like that.” The case is currently awaiting trial.

Oct. 31—A 22-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man, both white, were charged with ethnic intimidation and multiple counts of criminal mischief after police say they spray painted racial and ethnic slurs on garages in York County, according to Fox43. The man later pleaded guilty to ethnic intimidation and criminal mischief and was sentenced to two year probation. The woman is performing community services and writing a letter of apology for a disposition prior to finding of guilt.

Nov. 9—A 41-year-old black man was charged with multiple offenses including simple assault, ethnic intimidation and terroristic threats following an incident in Philadelphia. This case is currently awaiting trial.

Nov. 17—A 52-year-old white woman in Dauphin County was charged with multiple counts of ethnic intimidation, indecent exposure and terroistic threats. She later pleaded guilty to one count each of terroristic threats, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and public drunkenness. She was sentenced to one year of probation.

Nov. 18—A 54-year-old white man was charged with misdemeanor ethnic intimidation, harassment and numerous counts of disorderly conduct following an incident in Bucks County. The man left a note reading “Death to all (expletive)” on a table of a public restaurant where the Bucks County NAACP was preparing to have a meeting, according to police. When questioned, he claimed the note was joke and not done with any ill intent, police said. He later pleaded guilty to ethnic intimidation, harassment and two counts of disorderly conduct and was sentenced to 18 months of probation.

Nov. 22—A 54-year-old white man was charged with misdemeanor ethnic intimidation, simple assault, summary harassment and public drunkenness after he assault a person he believed to be a Muslim in a bar in Allegheny County. The man was sitting at the bar when he began making racial and ethnic epithets to a man he believed to be Muslim, according to police. The man said “things are different now,” “(expletive) Muslim” and “I don’t want you sitting next to me, you people” before punching the other man. All charges against the man were later dropped.

Nov. 23—An 18-year-old black man was charged with numerous charges including felony aggravated assault and ethnic intimidation in two separate cases in Philadelphia. He later pleaded guilty to two counts each of aggravated assault and ethnic intimidation and was sentenced to nine to 23 months in prison and five years of probation.

Nov. 28—A 43-year-old white man was charged with misdemeanor ethnic intimidation, summary criminal mischief and disorderly conduct following an incident in Dauphin County. This case is currently awaiting trial.

Dec. 4—A 75-year-old white woman was charged with two counts each of misdemeanor ethnic intimidation and summary criminal mischief following an incident in Dauphin County. The woman later pleaded guilty to criminal mischief and was ordered to fines and fees.

Dec. 4—A 24-year-old white man in Allegheny County was charged with numerous offenses including misdemeanor ethnic intimidation, theft, harassment and defiant trespass. The case was later withdrawn.

Dec. 9—A 20-year-old white man was charged with misdemeanor ethnic intimidation, simple assault and multiple counts of felony aggravated assault following an incident in Lawrence County where the victim had to be flown to a Pittsburgh Hospital as a result of his injuries. According to EllwoodCity.org, the man walked up the victim in a restaurant, began yelling racial slurs, struck the victim over the head with a beer bottle and stabbed him. The victim suffered a broken eye socket and required a skin graft as a result of the attack, according to EllwoodCity.org. The man later pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault and was sentenced to nine to 23 months in prison and five years of probation. All other charges were dropped.

Dec. 22—A 50-year-old white man was charged with ethnic intimdation, terroristic threats disorderly conduct and harassment following an incident in Allegheny County. The man later pleaded guilty to summary harassment and disorderly conduct and was ordered to pay a fine and fees. All other charges were withdrawn.

Dec. 24—A black man and a white woman, both 20 years old, were charged with multiple offenses including aggravated assault, ethnic intimidation and reckless endangerment following an incident in Philadelphia. Both cases are currently awaiting trial.

Email Joshua Vaughn at jvaughn@cumberlink.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Sentinel_Vaughn.

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