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Man accused of threatening African American mother, child

August 28, 2019 GMT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Police say a man made racial threats toward an African American woman who was walking with her infant in Vancouver and grabbed the woman’s stroller, threatening to sexually assault her and take her baby.

The Columbian reports Austin Lansdon appeared Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of two counts each of malicious harassment and unlawful imprisonment. Lansdon was booked Monday into the Clark County Jail.

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Judge Bernard Veljacic set Lansdon’s bail at $30,000. Lansdon didn’t speak in court.

Police were called at 6:35 p.m. Aug. 18 to Main Street where a woman told police she was walking when a stranger approached her, began yelling racial slurs and made threats of violence toward her and her 3-month-old daughter.

Police say a motorist stopped to help, and the man let go of the stroller and walked away.

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