Inland woman, men accused of hate crime
Sharyn Obsatz (Riverside Press Enterprise)
23 Dec 01
LAKE ELSINORE - Two Winchester men and a Lake Elsinore woman were arrested
Saturday morning, accused of slinging racist slurs at a black store clerk
and beating two customers they perceived to be gay.
The men, 19 and 22, and the 20-year-old woman face assault and hate-crime
charges, Riverside County sheriff's investigators said.
Authorities said one of the men hit one of the male customers on the head
with a metal trash can cover during the attack outside the Circle K
convenience store on Grand Avenue in Lakeland Village.
"That's like a nightmare . . . It's just sickening," Circle K clerk Becky
Hill said Saturday afternoon after hearing about the verbal assault.
The men and the woman arrived at the market just before 2 a.m. Saturday,
according to a sheriff's report. Authorities said the men made defamatory
remarks about patrons outside whom they perceived to be gay, knocked over a
display as they left the store and refused a request to clean it up.
Sheriff's deputies say the men punched the patrons outside while the woman
began aiming racial slurs and threats at the female clerk, who was calling
The three fled, but officers stopped their car nearby, according to the
The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call
the sheriff's Lake Elsinore station at (909) 245-3300.
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04) White supremacist arrested in attack
Sandra Stokley (Press-Enterprise)
25 Dec 01
RIVERSIDE - An admitted white supremacist was arrested Monday after he
allegedly screamed racial slurs at a black man and then attacked him near
Fairmount Park, police said.
Robert Clyde, 36, of Riverside was booked into Robert Presley Detention
Center on suspicion of making terrorist threats, battery and a hate crime,
said Sgt. Frank Assumma.
Assumma said officers responding to a report of a stabbing at Fairmount
Park at 11:40 a.m. found Clyde suffering from cuts to his face and head, a
split lip and several loose teeth.
Witnesses and the victim, whose name was not available, told police that
Clyde walked up to the black man at the corner of Main and Russell streets
and yelled racial epithets before physically assaulting him, Assumma said.
The victim, using a large bolt he carries for protection, fought back and
injured Clyde, who ran off.
"He (Clyde) got the worst end of it," Assumma said.
Assumma described Clyde and the victim as homeless.
Assumma said Clyde was uncooperative during questioning but acknowledged to
police officers that he is a member of the American Front Skinheads, a
white supremacist group.
Clyde also wears several white supremacist tattoos, including a swastika
and the letters "SWP" on his left arm.
Clyde was taken to Riverside Community Hospital for treatment of his
injuries before being taken to jail. Assumma said the victim was not
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05) Calif. Student Arrested in Assault
24 Dec 01
IRVINE, Calif. -- A college sophomore is accused of sexually assaulting a
15-year-old girl he met on the Internet and carving swastikas on her face,
Brian Dance, 20, a student at the University of California, Irvine, was
booked on charges of torture, rape by a foreign object and robbery. He was
being held at the Orange County Jail in lieu of 0,000 bail.
Dance allegedly met the girl in an online chat room and picked her up
Thursday afternoon at an Orange County mall. Police said he took her to a
university parking lot, forced her into the back seat of his car, covered
her eyes with duct tape and beat her for more than two hours with his
hands and a belt.
The girl was sexually assaulted, robbed and had swastikas carved into her
cheek and forehead with a knife, police said. She was treated and released
early Friday from a nearby hospital, Sgt. Tom Little said.
The girl told police a female friend also was communicating with the
suspect in an online chat room, Little said. A detective had the victim's
friend act as a decoy and arrange a meeting with the suspect at the same
The 15-year-old identified Dance as her attacker when he arrived, and he
was arrested without incident, authorities said. Police said they found
duct tape in his pocket and a knife they believed was used in the attack.
Dance is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.
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