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Chickasha man allegedly threatens family with bayonet; family says rampage is racially motivated

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GRADY COUNTY, Okla. - A Grady County man was arrested Wednesday after two people say he threatened them with a bayonet.

Allegedly 26-year-old Matthew Norris was not in his right mind Wednesday night when for some reason he became angry at his neighbors sitting on their porch.

With bloodshot eyes, alcohol on his breath and poor balance, Chickasha Police say Norris confronted Melinda McHugh and her family.

“We were just out here talking, minding our own business,” says McHugh. “He just comes through here talking and stuff, telling us we better have friends, if not he has a knife. I asked him would you people keep going. We don`t want no trouble.”

Lt. Shanon McClain says it wasn't an ordinary knife, but a bayonet.

“It is an unusual weapon to carry around,” says Lt. McClain. “We believe he took the bayonet off the rifle and walked down the street intoxicated.”

McHugh says after insisting they didn't want any trouble, Norris started directing racial slurs their way.

“He started dancing and calling us the ‘N word’,” says McHugh.

Melinda McHugh says she and her family aren't sure what they did to make Norris mad.

Allegedly after Norris bonded out of jail, there were more fireworks and McHugh says it may be because of a romantic interracial relationship.

“They seen my son hugging up to her,” says McHugh. “After that we’ve had trouble with them.”

Lt. McClain says regardless the city of Chickasha will not tolerate any racially motivated threats.

“Well there’s no place for that in civilized society,” says Lt. McClain. “We shouldn’t put up with that and we certainly aren’t going to condone any of that activity.”

“It’s scary knowing that we live here and him not liking colored folks,” says McHugh. “I mean it’s really scary.”

Norris is facing charges of public intoxication and threatening to perform acts of violence.