Police: Springfield Township man pulled gun on Black man, called him racial slur

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch
John Albert Ziegler, 57, of Springfield Township

A white Springfield Township man pulled a gun on a Black man during an argument and called him a "n—," state police allege.

John Albert Ziegler, 57, is charged with ethnic intimidation, a felony. He's also charged with terroristic threats, simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors.

Pennsylvania State Police responded to the incident at 10:40 a.m. Monday in the 700 block of Far Hills Drive.

Upon arrival, police spoke with Billie Coleman, a Black man, who said Ziegler pulled a gun on him and called him a racial slur after the two got into a verbal argument, police said.

A witness at the scene, Joseph Adams, confirmed to police Coleman's story, charging documents state.

Police were able to locate Ziegler at his residence after Coleman told officers the plate numbers of Ziegler's car, police said.

About an hour later, police interviewed Ziegler, who admitted to pulling a gun on Coleman and calling him a "n—," according to police.

After the interview, a handgun was seized, police said.

Ziegler is free on $15,000 bail.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 23 with District Judge Laura Manifold.

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.