Walker County man indicted for threatening a black man at local steakhouse

U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance announced Thursday the indictment of a Walker County man for allegedly threatening a black man at a steakhouse in June 2013. (

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A Quinton man was indicted Wednesday for threatening an African-American man at a local restaurant and for threatening another person who ordered Higgins to leave the eatery due to his behavior, U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance announced today. Jeremy Heath Higgins, 28, is charged with one felony count and two misdemeanor counts of interference with a federally-protected activity. The three-count indictment, which was handed down by a federal grand jury, alleges that in June 2013 Higgins approached and threatened a black man at the Alabama Rose Steakhouse because he was there with a white woman. According to the indictment, another person ordered Higgins to leave the premises of the restaurant because of Higgins' behavior, after which Higgins allegedly shouted, threatening to burn down the restaurant. The indictment also alleges that Higgins threatened the person who had ordered him to leave the restaurant by painting graffiti on the restaurant's exterior and fence. If convicted of the felony, Higgins faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. For each of the misdemeanor charges, he could face a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $200,000 fine.{}{}