Man arrested second time for allegedly making racist slurs in Camden
Camden County police on Saturday arrested Ridley Park man Darren Walp, 33, after he allegedly shouted racial slurs near a country music concert at Camden’s Susquehanna Bank Center – for the second time in less than two months.
In fact, Camden County Police Chief J. Scott Thomson said in a statement he hopes to never again encounter Walp in the city and called for the concert venue to blacklist him from attending shows there in the future.
“We never want to see this individual in the city of Camden again,” Thomson said.
“Therefore, I will ask the Susquehanna Bank Center to permanently ban this individual from their venue.”
Investigators said in the most recent incident, Walp was traveling to a Blake Shelton concert at the Susequehanna Bank Center when he around 3:30 p.m. got out of his pickup near Broadway and Morgan streets to get a beer from a cooler located in the truck’s rear bed.
“With no provocation,[Walp] began screaming racial slurs at the driver of a vehicle behind him, an African-American male who had a small child in his car,” police said in a release.
Walp allegedly challenged the victim to get out of his car but the man instead drove away, flagged down a nearby officer and provided a description of Walp and Walp’s car.
Police caught up with Walp in one of the Susquehanna Bank Center parking lots, where he was parked with other Blake Shelton patrons, and took him into custody.
He was charged with fourth-degree bias intimidation, received a summons for harassment and disorderly conduct and was held at county jail on $2,500 cash bail.
The arrest came less than two months after Walp was on June 22 arrested at a Toby Keith concert at the Susquehanna Bank Center after allegedly climbing a fence of a nearby residential complex, waving a Confederate flag and shouting racial slurs at residents.
He was charged with harassment, disorderly conduct, fourth-degree bias intimidation and fourth-degree criminal trespassing in connection with that incident.
Police noted in a release fourth-degree crimes in New Jersey carry a potential maximum prison sentence of 18 months and that courts may also order those who have been convicted of bias intimidation to complete sensitivity programs or civil rights training, undergo counseling to reduce antisocial behavior and make payments to local agencies that provide services to bias intimidation victims.