3 People Linked To Intimidation Of Local Family

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - A man accused of intimidating a black family with homemade bottle bombs was arrested on a felony ethnic intimidation charge, police said.

Jonathan Muntean, 19, joins two juveniles in facing charges for allegedly placing bottle bombs in Perry Township on Jan. 13. The three also face two misdemeanor criminal damaging charges.

No one was injured by the bombs, but four of the devices did explode outside the home of Sharon Stewart-Flowers, her daughter and grandson.

"They are not terrorizing anyone," Stewart-Flowers told The Canton Repository. "No one here is afraid of them."

Police decided to file ethnic intimidation charges because of their statements generally about black people, said Perry Police Chief Mark Machan.

Muntean, of Canton, was scheduled for arraignment Thursday in Massillon Municipal Court. If the felony charge is not reduced to a misdemeanor, his case will be transferred to Stark County Common Pleas Court in Canton.

Hearings for the two juveniles are scheduled for Feb. 8.

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