A 54-year-old Largo man was jailed this week after police said he yelled racial slurs at a black bicyclist, then threatened him with a socket wrench and a hockey stick.
Gregory Andrew McCarthy was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault in connection with the incident, which police said occurred about 7:45 a.m. Monday at John S. Taylor Park in the 1100 block of Eight Avenue SW.
Largo police said McCarthy yelled to the bicyclist “Get out of the park n-----” and “You don’t belong around here n-----.”
He went to his vehicle and retrieved a “large metal socket wrench” and threatened the bicyclist with it, according to the arrest report. He then retrieved a hockey stick, the report said, which he slammed to the ground, breaking the blade.
Largo officers arrested McCarthy and booked him at the Pinellas County jail on the felony charge. In an affidavit filed with the court, the arresting officer asked for a high bail amount because the incident could be considered a hate crime.
Bail was set at $20,000. McCarthy remained held in the jail on Thursday.
An assistant public defender has been appointed to represent him and entered a plea of not guilty plea on his behalf.