New Jersey man John Vincentini’s vile attack on Amazon driver ends in hate crime charges

A New Jersey man has been charged with a hate crime for allegedly harassing an Amazon delivery driver and threatening to shoot him.

The Ocean City County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday that John Vincentini, 62, was charged with intimidation and terrorist threats after he allegedly told the driver he would shoot him for entering a “racist neighborhood “.

Vincentini allegedly followed the driver as he made deliveries in Lacey Township in the Jersey Shore area on Sept. 5, according to a statement from the prosecutor’s office. As the driver entered a cul-de-sac, Vincentini reportedly blocked him then approached him and asked him why he was in the area. He asked if the delivery man knew he was in a racist zone, prosecutors said. Afterwards, Vincentini allegedly asked the driver if Vincentini should return to his vehicle to take his gun and shoot him.

The Amazon driver, whose identity has not been disclosed, drove off after the confrontation and called Lacey Township police.

Vincentini surrendered on October 5. Facebook photos of Vincentini posted by New Jersey 101.5 show him holding a large black rifle while seated on a motorcycle.

Ocean City County District Attorney Bradley Billhimer said hate will not be tolerated in the county.

“Individuals who use hatred, intolerance and prejudice for the purpose of intimidating will be investigated and, if warranted, prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” he said. he declares.

According to New Jersey state records, Vincentini and his wife, Karen, owned Forever Young Nursery School in Forked River until earlier this year. The center specializes in childcare for infants and toddlers, according to its Facebook page. The Vincentinis are still listed as owners of the daycare property. However, contacted by phone on Friday, an employee told the Daily Beast that the man did not own the daycare and hung up when asked who the owners were.

Vincentini did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment on Friday.

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