Lake Forest man sentenced to 60 days in jail for hate crime

Andrew Alan Carruthers, 29, of Lake Forest, is seen in a booking photo.

Andrew Alan Carruthers was sentenced on Friday to 60 days in jail for hate crimes after threatening to kill Persian hookah lounge customers in Lake Forest.

The 29-year-old pleaded guilty to a felony charge of criminal threats, as well as misdemeanor charges of resisting and obstructing an officer and violation of civil rights, with a sentencing enhancement of hate crime.

According to the district attorney's office, Carruthers walked into BluFig Hookah Lounge in Lake Forest on Sept. 15 and acted aggressively toward the patrons, who were mainly of Persian descent. An employee asked Carruthers to leave the restaurant, but he continued to reenter multiple times.

Carruthers threatened to kill individuals at the lounge after exhibiting intimidating and aggressive behavior, the district attorney's office said.

As the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) responded to the scene, Carruthers ran from deputies down Lake Forest Drive before surrendering.

Investigators noted that Carruthers had visible tattoos of symbols associated with white supremacy.

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