Jerome Want Credit: Via Montgomery County police

A man who allegedly made a series of racially and sexually harassing phone calls to Montgomery County public housing employees last month was arrested Tuesday, county police said.

Jerome Want, a 69-year-old Hagerstown resident, was charged with one count of harassing a person because of the person’s race and two counts of telephone misuse for repeated calling, according to court records.

According to police, the Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission, a public housing agency in Kensington, received multiple harassing phone calls from an unknown person between Jan. 12 and 18. An employee told police about the phone calls on Jan. 23, and officers classified the calls as hate-biased incidents.

Officer Toreno Herbert, a spokesman for the department, said the calls included racial slurs and vulgar sexual terms. He said the slurs were directed at whichever employee answered the phone and that the employees were minorities and women. He did not specify how many calls were made.

Police identified the caller as Want, whom Herbert said had applied for housing through the HOC in the past.

Officers obtained a warrant for his arrest on Friday. He was released on bail Tuesday after his arrest, according to court records.