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Man accused of threatening Black mom, child

Washington

Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 9/3/2019, 10:47 a.m.

Police in Vancouver, Washington have arrested a say a man they say made racial threats toward an African American woman who was simply walking with her infant, reports the Associated Press.

According to the police report, the assailant, a White man grabbed the Black woman’s stroller, threatening to sexually assault her and take her baby. The Columbian reports Austin Lansdon appeared in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of two counts each of malicious harassment and unlawful imprisonment.

Lansdon was booked into the Clark County Jail. Judge Bernard Veljacic set his bail at $30,000. Lansdon didn’t speak in court. Police were called to Main Street where a woman told police she was walking when a stranger approached her, began yelling racial slurs and made threats of violence toward her and her 3-month-old daughter. Police say a motorist stopped to help, and the man let go of the stroller and walked away. He was later apprehended.