A Toby Keith concert led to one arrest after a man waved the confederate flag and began yelling racial slurs at a housing complex, which is inhabited by African-American residents.
The incident happened about 6:30 p.m. Saturday when 33-year-old Darren Walp allegedly left the parking lot at the Susquehanna Bank Center and climbed the fence of the nearby Royal Court residential complex.
After waving the flag and spewing racial slurs, authorities say Walp then tried to return to the concert venue and blend in with the crowd, but was quickly recognized by police and taken into custody.
The confederate flag was the symbol of the states that attempted to secede from the union during the U.S. Civil War. It is deemed by many to be a racist, offensive symbol that represents the country’s history of slavery. According to the Camden County Police Department, Walp’s actions were unprovoked.
“We have zero tolerance for such bias acts and will seek the strongest prosecution and jail sentence possible,” Camden County Police Department Chief J. Scott Thomson says in a press release. “Furthermore, I will ask the United States Attorney’s Office to review for the possibility of a federal prosecution.”
According to a 2007 Associated Press report, a man with the name Darren Walp – and who is the same age and from the same area of Pennsylvania as the man arrested on Saturday – attempted to escape from a county jail by jumping from a moving van.
The report says Walp – then 27 – was on his way back from Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Pennsylvania, when he jumped from a moving van onto Route 113 South across the highway from the Sussex Correctional Institution. A correctional officer stopped the van and caught Walp with the help of local authorities and jail staffers.
Officials say Walp suffered minor injuries during the incident. He was treated at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford and taken back to jail.
Walp did not respond to MailOnline’s request for comment.
For the alleged “bias incident,” Walp has been charged with harassment, disorderly persons and bias intimidation in the fourth degree and criminal trespassing in the fourth degree.