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Man allegedly tells Asian students 'Get out of my country'

He faces harassment, ethnic intimidation charges

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A Bethlehem man is facing harassment and ethnic intimidation charges after allegedly telling a pair of Asian students to, “Get out of my country.”

Bradley R. Morris, of Jackson Street, was arraigned Tuesday in connection to the April incident inside a drug store on Bethlehem’s south side. Police filed charges on April 21, and District Judge Robert Hawke arraigned the 34-year-old, setting bail at $8,000.

Bethlehem police were dispatched to the Rite Aid at 104 E. Third St. on April 17 to investigate an altercation between a man and two Lehigh University students.

The victims told police that Morris approached them in line and asked, “Where are you from?” They declined to respond, and Morris later told police that he felt disrespected by them, according to court records.

Morris later told police that he felt disrespected because he understood Asian culture having once lived and worked in China.

Morris allegedly continued demanding to know where the students were from reportedly rattling off several areas in China. When one of the victims tried to take his photo, Morris allegedly slapped the phone out of his hand and slapped the man’s arm, according to court records.

Police allege that Morris then “squared up” on the man and tried to punch him. He dodged the punch and fell back. As Morris walked out of the store, he allegedly hurled obscenities at the students and yelled, “Get out of my country,” according to records.

A Rite Aid employee confirmed to police that Morris degraded and cursed the students and threw a punch. A Lehigh University police officer found Morris at Hillside Avenue and Thomas Street.

Authorities said Morris allegedly made several derogatory comments about the students and said, “I don’t like Asians.”

Morris failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 2.

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