Former restaurant worker charged in hate incident

POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA9) -- Phone records helped identify a caller who threatened a restaurant owner and made anti-Semitic remarks as a former restaurant worker, say Montgomery County Police. That former employee is now charged with free exercise of religious beliefs by threat of force and telephone misuse.

According to police, 30-year-old Amber Denise Edmond of Beltsville called the owner of Benny's Bar and Grill on his cell phone at 2:41 a.m. on August 7, the day after he hung an Israeli and American flag outside of his restaurant. Police say Edmond called from a blocked number when she made several threats to harm the owner and made anti-Semitic remarks. According to police, Edmond also demanded that the owner take his Israeli flag down from the location at 7747 Tuckerman Lane.

Police say Edmond made a second call about four minutes later but the owner ignored the call.

Police have obtained a warrant for Edmond's arrest and investigators are trying to get her to turn herself into police.


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