Man shouted racist language at bricklayer while brandishing a knife

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FAIRFIELD – A local man has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly shouting ethnic slurs at a masonry worker while brandishing a knife, police say.

Joseph R. Soracco, 61, has been charged with second degree intimidation based on bigotry or prejudice, second degree reckless endangerment, second degree threats and second degree breach of the peace.

The charges stem from a complaint police received around 1 p.m. on Saturday from a witness to the incident.

A man, later identified as Soracco, was accused of threatening someone and using racial slurs on the truck of a parked masonry worker blocking a section of sidewalk adjacent to land where work was carried out, police said.


Soracco allegedly “faced the masonry worker angrily and Soracco allegedly brandished a knife during the argument and repeatedly used ethnic slurs,” police said. Soracco was arrested at the scene. Police said he was in possession of several knives and a gun, that he had a permit to carry. The officers seized all the weapons.

After a thorough investigation, police later learned that Soracco possessed several other firearms, police said. The Detective Office obtained a warrant to remove all firearms belonging to Soracco from his home.

Soracco, who has been released on bail, is due to be arraigned Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in Bridgeport.

“The Fairfield Police Department takes all matters of threats and hate crimes very seriously and urges the public to immediately report any such incident they may observe,” said a statement from Chief Robert Kalamaras. “Thank you to the bystander who reported this incident, who assisted the police by providing critical and timely information during this investigation.”


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