BREAKING NEWS: Alleged Wal-Mart Racist Busted

Mar. 19 2010, Published 12:15 p.m. ET

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Police have busted the alleged culprit in connection with a public-address-system announcement telling "all blacks" to leave a New Jersey Wal-Mart store, has confirmed.

A 16-year-old high school student was arrested Friday night and charged with crimes of bias, intimidation and harassment.

If convicted, he could face as much as a year in a juvenile detention center, Washington Township police said.

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According to the authorities and witnesses, the boy, whose name was not released because he is a minor, picked up a public address telephone and broadcast, “All black people, leave the store now.”

A store manager quickly apologized over the public-address system.

Wal-Mart has said in a statement: "We’re pleased this matter is resolved. We have updated our intercom system at this store to prevent this from happening again. We again apologize to all of our customers and associates who had to listen to something so offensive.”

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The teen is in custody of his parents, added police.



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