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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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