Man shouted ‘jihad’ at Indian men outside Michigan bar, police allege

BAY CITY — A Bangor Township man was charged with ethnic intimidation after Bay City police alleged he shouted “Osama bin Laden” and “jihad” at two men outside a bar in Bay City’s Midland Street Historic District.

Delane D. Bell is scheduled to appear Thursday for a preliminary evidence hearing before District Judge Timothy J. Kelly.

Bell, 25, is charged with single counts of ethnic intimidation, a two-year felony, malicious destruction of property, a one-year misdemeanor, and assault or assault and battery, a 93-day misdemeanor.

The alleged victims, a 25-year-old Washington Township man and a 32-year-old Bay City man, are of Indian descent, according to court records.

Police claim Bell and two friends accosted the alleged victims about 1:50 a.m., Nov. 26, on East Midland Street near North Henry Street.

Bell reportedly punched one of the men in the face and punched the other man’s BMW, denting the door, as the pair attempted to leave, deputies allege., 19 December 2011