An ongoing dispute about dogs in a neighborhood on the border of Wake and Granville counties led to a man's arrest Monday night on charges of ethnic intimidation, the Wake County Sheriff's Office said.
Deputies arrested Harold Eugene Johnston Jr., 49, at a home on the Wake County side of the neighborhood.
Johnston lives around a corner from that house, on Scotch Pine Trail in the Granville County section.
The sheriff’s office declined to say what words were exchanged, but arrest paperwork accused Johnston of two counts of ethnic intimidation, a misdemeanor, alleging that he threatened to damage the property of a man and woman with Hispanic names because of their “nationality and country of origin.”
The focus of the dispute, which has been going on for some time, is two dogs that have been allowed to roam in the neighborhood, the sheriff’s office said.
Johnston posted $2,000 bail and was released from the Wake County Detention Center in Raleigh.