ESSEX — An Essex motorist is charged with a misdemeanor hate crime offense as well as felony assault charges alleging he pointed a firearm at a family in a road incident.

Police identified John Edward Monks IV, 44, of Essex, as the driver in the July 6 incident, where charging papers filed against him say a Dundalk woman called police at 6:35 a.m. that day and said a man had pointed a gun at her, as well as her husband in their car that morning as they were driving near White Marsh Boulevard and Perry Hall Boulevard that morning.

Charging papers accuse Monks of tailgating the woman and her husband, who had children in the car and said they were traveling slowly on White Marsh Boulevard as they were on a spare tire, then pulling next to them and rolling down his window.

“Did you just try to brake check me?” Monks asked, charging papers say, before allegedly saying he “should shoot” the people in the car, using a racial slur in the process.

On Wednesday, July 7, after the drivers identified Monks through a photo line-up, he was arrested and charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree assault and committing a crime against a person based on their race.

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