MAN CHARGED WITH HATE CRIMES FOR YELLING RACIAL SLURS AND USING METAL CANE TO ATTACK 19-YEAR-OLD HISPANIC MAN SELLING FLOWERS ON THE SIDEWALK
*Defendant has prior strike conviction for hate crime
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was charged with hate crimes for yelling racial slurs and using a metal cane to attack a 19-year-old Hispanic man selling flowers on the sidewalk.
Daniel Owen Kelley, 57
Charged today in an amended complaint with one felony count each of:
Assault with a deadly weapon
Hate Crime (Assault)
Prior strike conviction for committing a hate crime in 2015 in Orange County
16 years in state prison
April 2, 2018, 8:30 a.m.
Central Justice Center, Santa Ana
Circumstances of the Case
On Feb. 25, 2018, at approximately 3:26 p.m., Kelley is accused of approaching 19-year-old John Doe, who is Hispanic, as he was selling flowers on the sidewalk near Lincoln Avenue and Beach Boulevard in Anaheim.
The defendant is accused of kicking over the victim’s bucket of flowers, hitting the victim on his head and back multiple times with a 4-foot metal cane, and yelling racial slurs at John Doe based on his race.
A concerned citizen contacted 911 to report the incident.
Anaheim Police Department officers responded and arrested Kelley at the scene.
Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Jess Rodriguez, Special Prosecutions Unit