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Man charged with hate crime after attempting to hit woman with SUV, police say

Posted at 6:04 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 19:04:23-04

KENOSHA, WI — A Pleasant Prairie man is facing serious charges after a verbal altercation with an African-American woman on June 2nd. Investigators said he tried hitting her with his vehicle.

78-year-old Robert Carver was charged with disorderly conduct and endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon, both designated as hate crimes by authorities.

Investigators say the incident happened on Tuesday, June 2 shortly after 9 a.m. The encounter happened in the parking lot of a Menards in the 7300 block of 74th Place.

According to court records, the victim was walking to her vehicle before the argument with Carver. She, and several witnesses, claimed he used several insults, including racial slurs.

The two were arguing over her placement of a shopping cart.

“Don’t leave that cart right there!,” Sanders allegedly said after using a slur, according to the criminal complaint.

The victim was standing between Carver’s hummer and a light post when witnesses said he accelerated toward her at about 5 miles per hour. Carver left the scene after before returning later, police said.

He returned to the Menard’s later where he was taken in to custody. He is currently unlisted on Kenosha County’s jail roster.

Carver is scheduled to make his first appearance in court on June 17.

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