Richlands man arrested, to be extradited to Florida for hate crime charge

Brandon Ray Davis (Onslow County Sheriff's Office photo)

JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - A Richlands man was arrested Wednesday and was expected to be extradited to Florida on a hate crime charge in Key West on Feb. 23.

The Miami Herald reports Brandon Ray Davis, 30, was taken into custody by the Onslow County Sheriff's Office on an "extraditable warrant" for felony aggravated battery. He was scheduled to be extradited to Monroe County to face charges, authorities told the newspaper.

The arrest stems from a Feb. 23 incident where Davis is accused of using his scooter to nearly run down two men on bicycles as he peppered them with homophobic comments. Kevin Seymour and Kevin Price told police that around 1 a.m. on the date that Seymour yellowed at Davis that he almost hit a car. Seymour and Price told police Davis yelled "You guys are a couple of f***," "I'll bet you f****** voted for that b**** Hillary" and "You live in Trump country now." Seymour said when he threatened to call police, Davis told him, "If you do that, I'll cut you up."

Police said Seymour and Price got the scooter tag number and reported the incident to police. Davis was identified through the business where he rented the scooter and after officials got a photo of Davis, he was identified by Seymour and Price. That led to Davis' arrest.