HOFFMAN — Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a man on a weapons of mass destruction charge for allegedly having a short semi-automatic rifle.
Erick Danyelle McRae, 29, of 259 Bowen St., faces the charge following a Thursday night arrest. A woman accused McRae of grabbing her and pushing her into a car and threatening her life.
McRae ran toward the car as the woman was driving off with a gun in his hand and said, “I’m going to merk her,” according to an arrest warrant. Merk, derived from mercenary, is slang for killing or seriously injuring someone.
The woman gave verbal testimony to a Richmond County magistrate who issued a warrant for McRae’s arrest on charges of misdemeanor assault on a female and communicating threats. The warrant lists an Aberdeen man as a witness to the incident.
After his arrest, Richmond County deputies charged McRae with a felony count of possession of a weapon of mass destruction. Deputies say he had a Norinco SKS rifle with a 9 3/4-inch barrel and a total length of 23 3/4-inches.
State statute defines any shotgun or rifle with an overall length of less than 26 inches as a “weapon of mass death and destruction.” The law lists those guns alongside bombs, grenades, rockets, missiles and mines as prohibited WMDs.
McRae was booked into the Richmond County Detention Center on Thursday night. He was held without bond on the assault on a female charge. Defendants in domestic violence cases typically do not receive bond until their first court appearance.
— Corey Friedman