CLIFTON — According to the announcement made by the Prosecutor of Passaic County, Camelia Valdes, a city resident who is 71 years old has been charged with bias intimidation as a result of an incident that occurred during the summer in which he used racial slurs to harass a neighbor.
In connection with a confrontation that took place on August 24 in the vicinity of Graham Place and Atkins Court in Clifton, Antonio Delevante was taken into custody after an investigation into the incident was conducted.
Officers responded to a report of a dispute that afternoon and found a 51-year-old woman who said a male neighbor had approached her while using racial slurs and told her “to go back from where she came from.
” The woman told the officers that the man had told her to “go back from where she came from.”
The suspect, identified as Delevante, was taken into custody on a Wednesday afternoon as a result of the police investigation.
He was charged with bias intimidation and harassment in the fourth degree, which is a disorderly person’s offense, and then freed after the summons complaint was filed against him.
If he is found guilty of bias intimidation, he faces a potential prison sentence of up to a year and a half.