A Fayette County man charged with threatening an African American man last month at a Cumberland Township business was ordered to stand trial during his recent preliminary hearing.

John Kenneth Thorpe, 29, of Belle Vernon is facing one count each of ethnic intimidation, terroristic threats and disorderly conduct following the incident at Brodak’s Beer Distributor on Aug. 20.

The charges were filed by Cumberland Township police before Magisterial District Judge Lee Watson.

Police said Thorpe asked the man to read what was written on a book. He said the book said “KKK Big Time,” the criminal complaint states.

The victim said he told Thorpe he was offended by the book, the complaint said. Thorpe then told the man if he ever saw him on the premises again he would kill him, the complaint said.

Police said an employee at a hobby shop next to the beer distributor saw Thorpe write the offensive words on the book he was holding, the complaint states.

The witness said Thorpe, who was wearing women’s leggings, a black shirt and a blue bandana that he made into a point like a KKK hood, then walked over to the beer distributor, the complaint states.

Court records show Thorpe is scheduled to be formally arraigned in Greene County Court before Judge Lou Dayich on Sept. 27.

Thorpe remains in Greene County Prison after failing to post $80,000 straight bail.

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