Juvenile arrested on suspicion of a hate crime

2011-07-24T19:06:00Z 2011-07-24T22:19:06Z Juvenile arrested on suspicion of a hate crime Napa Valley Register
July 24, 2011 7:06 pm

A 15-year-old male from Fresno was arrested Saturday evening in American Canyon for allegedly making criminal threats to a gay couple, police said.

According to authorities, the juvenile and his brother, also a juvenile, were in front of the Safeway on American Canyon Road just before 6 p.m. when the male victims walked by holding hands. The brothers allegedly began yelling slurs at them, then the suspect followed the couple to a Starbucks in the same area and insulted, threatened and challenged them to a fight, police said.

The juvenile was arrested on suspicion of making felony criminal threats and for interfering with civil rights, a felony hate crime, authorities said.

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  1. littlered
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    littlered - July 25, 2011 12:00 am
    So glad to see these kids caught. One of the victims is a close friend of mine, and it's great to see that the behavior of the offenders is not tolerated. I hope they take this as a good lesson and maybe one day look at the world with less close-mindedness.
  2. Grits56
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    Grits56 - July 25, 2011 11:30 am
    Or at least to keep their mouths shut and "live and let live".
  3. littlered
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    littlered - July 25, 2011 2:23 pm
    Grits56 said: "Or at least to keep their mouths shut and "live and let live"."

    Agreed.
  4. alixzander
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    alixzander - July 27, 2011 3:37 pm
    And people wonder why we need LGBT education...jeez!
  5. fmmt47
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    fmmt47 - July 30, 2011 8:17 am
    A felony? This is definately overkill, no wonder our prisons are full.
  6. caringnapan
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    caringnapan - August 06, 2011 9:38 pm
    fmmt47 said: "A felony? This is definately overkill, no wonder our prisons are full."

    agreed. but, if he is let off easily the first time he will likely repeat a crime of the same nature.
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