MAN TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR HATE CRIME AFTER THREATENING TO KILL PERSIAN HOOKAH LOUNGE CUSTOMERS IN LAKE FOREST

Case # 17HF1253

Date: September 19, 2017

MAN TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR HATE CRIME AFTER THREATENING TO KILL PERSIAN HOOKAH LOUNGE CUSTOMERS IN LAKE FOREST

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man is scheduled to be arraigned today for a hate crime after threatening to kill Persian hookah lounge customers in Lake Forest.

Defendant Charges Maximum Sentence Court Date
Andrew Alan Carruthers, 29, Lake Forest Charged today with:

Felony

  • Criminal Threats

Misdemeanor

  • Resisting and obstructing an officer
  • Violation of civil rights

Sentencing Enhancement

  • Hate crime
6 years in state prison Arraignment

Sept. 19, 2017, time to be determined

Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana

Circumstances of the Case

  • On Sept. 15, 2017, at approximately 9:00 p.m., Carruthers is accused of walking into BluFig Hookah Lounge in Lake Forest and acting aggressively toward the patrons, who were mainly of Persian descent.
  • An employee asked the defendant to leave and Carruthers is accused of reentering multiple times.
  • Carruthers is accused of threatening 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 is accused of running from deputies down Lake Forest Drive before surrendering. The defendant is accused of having visible tattoos of symbols associated with white supremacy.

OCSD investigated this case.

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