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BENNINGTON — A local self-described white nationalist has been charged with disorderly conduct after reportedly being involved in an altercation with a Black man and his girlfriend. Police said they're looking for the couple to also charge them in the September incident.

Max Misch, 37, was cited to appear at Bennington Superior criminal court on Monday, according to the Bennington Police Department.

In incident reports obtained by the Banner on Thursday, police described Misch as using racist language against the Black man, Dejioun Harden, 23, and his girlfriend, Erin Amidon. This took place along Park Street, near Bennington Elementary School.

Misch told investigators he was walking his dog in the early afternoon of Sept. 14 when the couple stopped their car alongside him. Misch accused Harden of starting the confrontation, which witnesses reported escalating from words to a physical fight.

Harden and Amidon, on the other hand, told police Misch started the confrontation by using a racial slur when they drove by him.

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Bennington police have been trying to find the couple in order to also cite them. The agency has now requested arrest warrants against them, BPD deputy chief Lt. Camillo Grande said in an email.

Harden was described in the police report as a resident of New York state. It's unclear where Amidon lives.

Misch is facing other criminal charges, including possessing "large capacity ammunition feeding devices" after police found two 30-round rifle magazines at his home last year. Authorities said the magazines were purchased after an October 2018 state ban took effect, outlawing magazines with more than 10 rounds for long guns and more than 15 rounds for handguns.

The case is currently awaiting a decision from the Vermont Supreme Court.

Contact Tiffany Tan at ttan@benningtonbanner.com or @tiffgtan on Facebook and Twitter.


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