FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Case # 18NF0534

Date: March 8, 2018

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.

Defendant

Charges

Maximum Sentence

Court Date

Daniel Owen Kelley, 57

Charged today in an amended complaint with one felony count each of:

  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Hate Crime (Assault)

 

Sentencing Enhancements

  • Prior strike conviction for committing a hate crime in 2015 in Orange County
  • Hate Crime

16 years in state prison

Pre-trial hearing

 

April 2, 2018, 8:30 a.m.

 

 

Department CCB-1,

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

 



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