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Ventura man arrested for hate crime, assault

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

December 19, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A Ventura man is being charged with assault with a deadly weapon and a hate crime for allegedly striking someone in the head at a restaurant because of their sexual orientation, according to police.Ventura police responded to a disturbance call at a restaurant in the 5700 block of Walker Street about 8 p.m. Saturday and found the alleged victim with a wound to the head.

Officers said the victim, whose identity is being withheld, was leaving the restaurant when he was confronted by 26-year-old Nicholas Klopp.

Klopp allegedly made a derogatory remark to the victim and threw a drinking glass at the victim, striking him in the head.

The victim was taken to the hospital.

Officers found Klopp at his home. He was taken into custody without incident.