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Search on for third suspect in OC hate crime

Matthew Branstetter (left) and Nolan Wickham (right) were arrested for what authorities said was a robbery and hate crime in Orange County's upscale Coto De Caza community.
April 8, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The search is under way for a third suspect wanted in a robbery and hate crime in Orange County's upscale Coto De Caza community.

The victim recognized one of the attackers, which led to the arrests of 19-year-olds Matthew Branstetter and Nolan Wickham from Rancho Santa Margarita.

Authorities said the two men, along with a third suspect, attacked and robbed a 23-year-old man at the Youth Park near Via Pajaro and Vista Del Verde on Wednesday night.

Investigators said the attackers beat the victim while yelling anti-Semitic slurs.

They also allegedly scrawled swastikas, with various curse words and the phrase "white power."

The victim underwent several hours of surgery, but is expected to recover.


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