Man charged for waving gun, hurling slurs at Gaithersburg park

A Gaithersburg, Maryland, man faces several charges after being arrested in connection with an Oct. 8 incident where police say he waved a handgun at a group of soccer players and made racial slurs.

Jonathan Boka, 26, is charged with reckless endangerment, crime motivated by race or religion, use of a firearm in a crime of violence and first-degree assault for the incident at Hunters Woods Local Park in Gaithersburg, according to police.

On Oct. 11, the Maryland-National Capital Park Police released a photo of Boka riding an electric bicycle in an attempt to identify him.

“We thank the community for tips that led to his arrest,” police tweeted.

Dana Sukontarak

Dana Sukontarak is a Digital Writer/Editor for She loves haiku poetry, short sci-fi stories and word games. She grew up in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and currently lives in Silver Spring.

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