Florida man threatened to lynch local NAACP president, police say
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Florida police arrested a 75-year-old man Thursday on hate crime charges after he reportedly threatened to lynch the president of the Alachua County NAACP chapter.

Ronald Morris Wadford was arrested by police in Gainesville on Thursday on a warrant for two counts of aggravated stalking, The Gainesville Sun reported.

Wadford, whom the Sun identified as homeless, allegedly called NAACP President Evelyn Foxx six times in November 2016 to threaten her, according to a Gainesville Police Department complaint filed on Dec. 30, 2016, the Sun reported.


Wadford allegedly told Foxx that he was a member of the Ku Klux Klan and was going to visit her house and “hang” her, the complaint stated.

The man reportedly told Foxx at one point, “I’m going to hang your (racial slur) ass,” according to an affidavit obtained by the local paper.

Foxx reportedly left the state for several weeks after receiving repeated threats from Wadford out of concern.

Wadford was described by a witness as racist and said to have a lot “hate and violence in his heart.”

A witness told police that the man allegedly collected machetes and has been vocal about “going out in a blaze of glory.”

According to the affidavit, Wadford has a history of committing crimes in multiple states, including Florida, Georgia and Virginia.

Wadford’s charges also reportedly include multiple counts of cocaine and narcotics possessions and sales, as well as weapons possession and “maiming.” His bail has reportedly been set at $500,000.