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Man accused of hate crime after threatening mail carrier

CHICAGO (MCT) — A Northwest Side man is accused of calling a mail carrier a racial slur and ordering his dog to attack him outside a laundromat, authorities said.

Cosovic Ahmmed, 27, of the 5000 block of North Keeler Avenue, is charged with felony hate crime, felony stalking and misdemeanor aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, police said. He was also cited for not having a dog license.

Ahmmed was arrested around noon Tuesday in the 5000 block of North Pulaski Road after officers responded to a call of a man threatening a mail carrier with a dog, according to police. The officers saw Ahmmed standing outside with the mail carrier, who told the police he was threatening him.

The carrier told police he was trying to deliver mail to a laundromat at the Pulaski address when he saw Ahmmed inside the business with his dog. Ahmmed came out and "shoved the victim's mail cart,'' according to a police report.

The carrier told him the cart was government property and not to touch it, but Ahmmed used a racial slur for an African-American and told the dog to "sic him'' the report said.

Ahmmed denied the allegations and assured police he was "not going to do anything,'' the report said.

But after officers left, he confronted the carrier — again using the racial slur — and said he hated African-Americans and told his dog to attack the carrier. A witness called 911.

Judge Israel Desierto set bail for Ahmmed at $100,000.

(c)2013 the Chicago Tribune
Distributed by MCT Information Services

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