McKeesport man jailed on ethnic intimidation charges
A McKeesport man who threatened two neighbors and a police officer and urinated in a police holding cell during the weekend is being held in Allegheny County Jail.
Michael Latrell Lowery Jr., 30, had his bail set at $25,000 on Tuesday following an alleged incident late Sunday night in the 3100 block of Freeland Street.
Police were called to the area after Lowery allegedly told a couple who live in an apartment beneath his that they “need to just die” and made a lewd reference to their respective ethnicities. He was charged with ethnic intimidation.
McKeesport police Chief Bryan Washowich said of the arrest, “A death threat involving ethnicity is taken extremely seriously by the police department.”
In addition to the death threat, Lowery is accused of throwing a grill belonging to the couple off a porch.
According to police, Lowery was visibly intoxicated when they located him at his residence and was placed under arrest.
Lowery was taken to a holding cell at the McKeesport police station where he allegedly urinated on the floor. According to a criminal complaint, Lowery allegedly spat in his cell and on property belonging to another prisoner.
When a police officer warned Lowery about his behavior the suspect reportedly shook his genitals at the officer from behind bars.
Lowery is alleged to have told police that “two months from now I'll shoot your patrol car,” according to the criminal complaint.
In addition to ethnic intimidation, Lowery is charged with two counts each of terroristic threats and criminal mischief and a single count of disorderly conduct.
He is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing before McKeesport Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi on Monday at 1 p.m.
Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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