ATLANTA -- A man is behind bars after he allegedly attacked another person participating in an LGBT march through Midtown.
According to police, Wilford Hardnett, 21, is accused of snatching and throwing Charles Stadtlander's cell phone, then kicking him during the July 29 rally. Stadtlander is an openly-gay candidate running for a position for the Atlanta School Board, according to LGBT publication The Georgia Voice.
A police report states that Stadtlander was at Peachtree and 10th Streets when Hardnett rode up on his bike and grabbed the cell phone. As the 21-year-old tried to ride off, Stadtlander grabbed him. Stadtlander told police Hardnett appeared to reach into his waistband and acted like he had a gun, then shouted he was going to "shoot all the f------s."
Thinking that he had a gun, Stadtlander told police he let the man go. As he rode off, Stadtlander said Hardnett threw his cell phone on the ground and kicked him in the shin.
Stadtlander then reported the incident to police, but as he was relaying what happened, Hardnett rode back up on his bike to the MARTA station. Officers detained him.
According to police, Hardnett admitted without questioning to snatching and throwing the phone because he had allegedly been hit with a sign.
Police arrested Hardnett and took him to the police precinct, but after he started making statements about wanting to kill himself, Hardnett was transported to the Grady Detention Center. He was charged with aggravated assault and armed robbery.
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