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Hate crime, brandishing a weapon incident in Claremont

Upland resident Robert Priest, 65, was arrested for committing a hate crime and brandishing a weapon after a road rage incident on Monday, May 2 at around noon.

The male victim and Mr. Priest were driving westbound on Arrow Route at Claremont Boulevard when the two men exchanged words while stopped at the red light. Mr. Priest allegedly yelled an Arabic racial slur at the victim while displaying a handgun.

Officers responded to 9-1-1 calls from each of the men and met up with them on Arrow Highway, east of College Avenue. Mr. Priest was arrested at the location without incident, according to the police report.

Officers located the handgun registered to Mr. Priest, who was carrying the concealed weapon legally with a valid concealed-carry weapons permit. The victim was not injured during the incident. Mr. Priest was booked in the Claremont jail and released later on bond.

Anyone with information regarding this crime or anyone who was in the area of Arrow Route and Claremont Boulevard or at El Barrio Park (251 S. Claremont Blvd.) around 12:10 p.m. on Monday, May 2 is urged call the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.

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