A white Florida man is facing felony hate crime charges after allegedly pulling a gun on a black homeowner during a slur-filled rant, according to a report.
Homeowner Dwayne Wynn was speaking with a neighbor on June 14 when Joseph Max Fucheck pulled up in a red Jeep Cherokee and put a real estate flyer in Wynn’s mailbox, in Miami’s Little River neighborhood, the Miami Herald reported.
Wynn walked over and removed the flyer, at which point Fucheck returned, the Herald said, and got out of the Jeep — accusing Wynn of stealing the flyer from someone else’s mailbox.
“You’re a motherf—ing nosy neighbor,” Fucheck allegedly yelled. “No wonder why you have people like you getting shot because you act stupid.”
“Damn right I carry a motherf—ing gun. I’m a 35-year-old Navy Seal, head of the SWAT team in Hillsborough County.”
Fucheck then sped off, allegedly using the N-word before leaving.
Wynn filmed the encounter on his mobile phone, which he later turned over to police, prompting Fucheck’s arrest Tuesday.
“This incident was about much, much more than the obnoxious behavior of an irate man arming himself and screaming at someone he did not know and had no reason to fear,” Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a statement.
“With this arrest, we are alleging today that the incident was about hate and intimidation, pure and simple,” Rundle said.
Fucheck, 58, could now face 30 years in prison if convicted of the assault and weapons charges.
The arrest is not Fucheck’s first brush with the law, the outlet reported — he has criminal convictions for grand theft, exploiting the elderly and obstruction of justice.
He also has been accused of stalking twice and ordered to stay away from his ex-wife’s new husband, and accused of “psychotic behavior and repeated aggression,” according to one petition.