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2 arrested for alleged hate crime in Ojai

Two people were arrested Thursday on suspicion of committing a hate crime in the Mira Monte area of Ojai.
July 3, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Two people were arrested Thursday on suspicion of committing a hate crime.

According to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department, two underage boys, both 17, were threatened by two people in a car while standing near the intersection of Woodland Avenue and Silverspur Street in the Mira Monte area of the Ojai Valley, which is north of Oxnard.

Authorities said Daniel Dockery, 22, and Shauna Criner, 19, both of Meiners Oaks, pulled up to confront the boys. Dockery allegedly identified himself as a skinhead and said he hated Mexicans.

Dockery allegedly shouted sexual and racial slurs at the victims, before getting out of the car and slapping one of the victims in the face. He also claimed to have a handgun and threatened to shoot the victims in the head if they were still there when he returned, detectives said.

Detectives said Dockery and Criner drove away then returned within a few minutes, narrowly missing one of the victims before fleeing the scene.

The victims reported the incident. Detectives then launched a search of the area and found the suspects within the hour when they returned to a nearby convenience store in their car.

Dockery and Criner were arrested for criminal threats. Xanax and Klonopin prescription drugs were found in the suspects' car that were not prescribed to either of them.

Dockery was booked for criminal threats, hate crime enhancement, battery and possession of a controlled substance.

Criner was booked for criminal threats and possession of a controlled substance.

Detectives said the victims and the suspects did not know each other prior to the incident.

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