Police: Man threatens Rock Hill motel guests with brass knuckles after hearing racial slur

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comAugust 19, 2013 

— A man who witnesses say sported brass knuckles with an attached knife and spikes was arrested Sunday after he threatened several guests and a security guard at a Rock Hill motel, police say.

At about 7:30 p.m., police went to the Executive Inn on North Anderson Road after receiving calls about a disturbance. Several witnesses told officers that Joseph Parker, 31, had threatened several other guests while carrying a set of brass knuckles and a large knife, according to a Rock Hill police report.

Witnesses told police Parker began screaming and shouting profanities at several guests before displaying the brass knuckles and threatening the guard, the report states. Guests also told police that Mark Mackiewicz, 56, had used a racial slur against Parker, which only enraged him more.

The guard told police he heard a commotion outside and saw Parker yelling at several guests, the report states. He tried to calm him down, the guard told police, but Parker “turned his rage” toward him, threatening to cause him physical harm.

Parker, who is black, told police he had been walking his dog when he heard someone shout a racial slur, the report states. He said several people surrounded him and they began arguing. He told officers he walked away. Police did not find any weapons in his room.

Mackiewicz, who is white, told police he had used a racial slur, but had not directed it toward Parker, the report states. He told officers he and Parker were talking about cigarettes when he used the slur.

Police charged Parker with public disorderly conduct and Mackiewicz with public disorderly intoxication.

Mackiewicz was released from jail Sunday on a $260 bond. By Monday morning, Parker remained jailed on a $470 bond.

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