Man accused of using racial slurs, threatening to kill stranger after following him home

ORLANDO, Fla. — A 55-year-old man followed a 34-year-old man home and threatened to kill him and his family while calling them racial slurs late Thursday in Deltona, the Volusia Sheriff’s Office said.

Investigators said a 34-year-old man was driving home shortly after 11:15 p.m. when he got into a dispute with another driver, Michael T. Parkinson, over merging.

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Deputies said Parkinson followed the victim for about 2 miles to his home, got out of his vehicle and approached the home while threatening to kill the victim’s family.

They said the victim stood on his porch, lifted his shirt to show a pistol he was lawfully carrying and warned him to not come any closer.

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Deputies said the victim, who is Black, told them Parkinson went back to his vehicle, shouted racial slurs and slowly drove past the home four times while shouting slurs and threatening to return to kill the victim’s family.

Investigators said they visited Parkinson’s home after he also reported the incident. They said he used slurs to describe the victim while describing the confrontation.

Parkinson faces an assault charge with a hate crime enhancement.

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Investigators said they last filed this type of enhanced charge last month in a racially motivated assault on a family driving through DeLand. Click here to read more about that.

“We are not going to tolerate this kind of behavior in Volusia County,” Sheriff Mike Chitwood said in a prepared statement. “This Sheriff’s Office will not give a free pass to racist, bigoted criminal acts that seek to intimidate others out of hatred and ignorance.”

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