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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say a man who threatened another driver and rammed into him with his car on Market Street yesterday faces several charges, including assault with a deadly weapon and hit and run.

Investigators say it started around 8:30 a.m. when they got a call reporting a hit and run in the 2600 block of Market Street. They say the victim told officers a man in a tan Mercury began honking his horn at him, drove up next to him and started yelling profanities.

Police say the man in the Mercury, Marcus Erving Thames, 22, then hit the other man’s car. When the victim pulled over on Colonial Drive nearby, police say Thames pulled up next to him and got out of his car saying, “I’m going to shoot you, you cracker.”

Officers say Thames continued making statements to the man he hit before finally driving away. Wilmington Police found Thames at McDonald’s soon after, where they discovered he had a knife.

Thames was arrested there. He is charged with hit and run, assault with a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, communicating threats and ethnic intimidation. He is out of jail on $25,000 bond.

Thames has a criminal record dating back to 2009, according to the NC Department of Corrections. It includes convictions for assault on a female, receiving a stolen vehicle and drug possession.

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  • yoyo

    Cracker is a racist comment. Now if Mr Thames had anything worth taking, the victim could use that approach and sue, but why bother. Whites are not the only racist. Thanks for reporting WWAY,

  • Guest1221

    Good!! How nice to see a charge of ethnic intimidation given to him in addition to all the others! I guess ethnic intimidation is the PC equivalent of racial slurs. What I’d like to know is…Was he at McDonald’s starting his job shift, or, using his food stamps there after working up a hunger threatening whitey?

  • Mechanic

    Sounds like hitting the victim’s vehicle could be classified as a hate crime.

  • goodoleboy

    He was probably there to meet your daughter. Pick her up from her shift, and take her to sell her food stamps at the trailer park where she lives. Then they’re going to Walmart to shop and steal some steaks for dinner. *rolls eyes*

  • beach guy

    In the first place Mr. Thames your an idiot threatening to shoot some one after you have already assaulted them with your vehicle it is a very good way to get shot down do you even realize how many “crackers” are carrying guns legally and are trained on the proper handling and methodology of dealing with the type of encounter you created.

    And secondly you are extra stupid for carrying a knife and threatening someone with gun violence let me dumb it down for you, do not bring a knife to a gun fight.

    but you will get out of jail and not learn anything from this and will statistically be dead before your 25 as in get smarter or die young

  • guesty

    When will the march for racial justice begin? When will the naacp make a statement? When will uncles al & jessie show up?

    Oh, never mind. I forgot it was a black guy being racist and that is allowed a pass.

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  • PublicAvenger

    It’s only a “Hate Crime”, when white people say or do it. The hundreds of times a day, when stuff like this happens, and the offender is black. It never even gets mentioned.

    I doubt he had insurance or a license. But it doesn’t matter. Nothings going to happen to him anyway.


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