ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY

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TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney
 
 

Susan Kang Schroeder, Chief of Staff 
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ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY<h3>NEWS RELEASE</h3>TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney

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ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY<h3>NEWS RELEASE</h3>TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney

 

Case # 17HF1253

Date: October 6, 2017

MAN SENTENCED TO 60 DAYS IN JAIL FOR HATE CRIME AFTER THREATENING TO KILL PERSIAN HOOKAH LOUNGE CUSTOMERS IN LAKE FOREST

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was sentenced today to a court offer of 60 days in jail for hate crimes after threatening to kill Persian hookah lounge customers in Lake Forest.

Defendant

Charges

Sentence

Andrew Alan Carruthers, 29, Lake Forest

Pleaded guilty today to:

Felony

  • Criminal Threats

Misdemeanor

  • Resisting and obstructing an officer
  • Violation of civil rights

Sentencing Enhancement

  • Hate crime

Court offer of 60 days in county jail

Circumstances of the Case

  • On Sept. 15, 2017, at approximately 9:00 p.m., Carruthers walked into BluFig Hookah Lounge in Lake Forest and acted aggressively toward the patrons, who were mainly of Persian descent.
  • An employee asked the defendant to leave and Carruthers reentered multiple times.
  • Carruthers threatened to kill individuals at the Lounge after exhibiting intimidating and aggressive behavior.
  • A patron of the Lounge called 911 and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) responded to the scene.
  • Carruthers ran from deputies down Lake Forest Drive before surrendering. The defendant had visible tattoos of symbols associated with white supremacy.

OCSD investigated this case.

Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Nichols, Special Prosecutions Unit

 



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