NC man charged with burning cross at park, ethnic intimidation

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A Cary, North Carolina man was arrested Sunday and charged with burning a cross, court documents show. 

William Josephus Warden, 20, faces a charge of ethnic intimidation as well as a charge of placing a burning cross without permission. 

Cary police said Warden went to the Congregation of Shaarei Shalom in Cary Saturday night around 10:15 a.m. He rang their smart doorbell and someone answered the call remotely.

At that point, Cary police said Warden made a “number of disparaging statements against the Jewish religion and people of the Jewish faith.”

A Cary police investigation shows Warden burned a cross at Bond Park in Cary on Oct. 26. 

North Carolina law forbids placing a burning cross on a piece of property “without first obtaining written permission of the owner or occupier of the premises so to do.”

He’s being held under a $20,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court Monday. 

If Warden posts bond, he isn’t allowed to go within 100 yards of the Congregation Shaarei Shalom in Cary. 

He would also not be allowed to have contact with a person specifically named in his arrest warrant. 

The investigation into these incidents is ongoing, police said. 

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