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Huntington Beach man charged with hate crime

October 5, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
John Keihl DeLoach, 20, of Huntington Beach, is charged with committing a hate crime against an African-American woman and her Caucasian male friend by verbally and physically accosting them.DeLoach is charged with one felony count of hate crime battery causing injury and one felony count of hate crime assault causing injury.

If DeLoach is convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of seven years and four months in state prison.

He's being held on $100,000 bail, with a pre-trial hearing on Oct.7 at the West Justice Center in Westminster.

On Friday at about 3:30 p.m., DeLoach is accused of driving by a Huntington Beach convenience store playing loud, racist music with explicit anti-black lyrics.

When DeLoach saw the victim, Briana W, an African American woman, he's accused of pulling his vehicle near the store and turning up the volume of the music.

Later the same day, at about 9:40 p.m., Briana W. was walking to a friend's apartment in Huntington Park with a Caucasian male friend, Derrick S, when DeLoach recognized the victim as the woman from the convenience store and yelled at her. He's accused of yelling racial slurs and stating that interracial relationships are wrong.

DeLoach and an unknown male are accused of running up to Briana W. and continuing to yell at her.

When Derrick S. stepped between Briana W and DeLoach, DeLoach is accused of punching Derrick S. in the face. Derrick S. fell to the ground and DeLoach is accused of kicking him twice in the back.

DeLoach is accused of fleeing the scene. Derrick S. suffered a contusion on the side of his head as a result of the attack.

Huntington Beach Police Department investigated the case. The Orange County District Attorney's Office charged DeLoach and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

DeLoach was arrested at Overlook Park. Officers say DeLoach ran and resisted arrest.


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