|For Immediate Release
Case # 08HF0315
February 20, 2008
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
Cell: 714-292-2718Farrah Emami
WHITE SUPREMACIST CHARGED WITH HATE CRIME ATTACK ON AFRICAN-AMERICAN SECURITY
GUARD AT IRVINE SPECTRUM
NEWPORT BEACH – A self-proclaimed white supremacist has been charged with a hate crime for the unprovoked attack of an African-American security guard outside of Dave & Buster’s at the Irvine Spectrum. Ryan Lawrence Monfils, 20, Stanton, is charged with one felony count of a hate crime battery and faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison if convicted. Monfils is being held on $25,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow, Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. in Department H-2, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach.
At approximately 5:30 p.m. on February 2, 2008, Monfils is accused of leaving Dave & Buster’s at the Irvine Spectrum with two friends. As he left, the defendant is accused of seeing the victim, an African-American security guard, standing outside in uniform. Monfils is accused of yelling racial slurs at the victim, throwing a lit cigarette in his face, and attacking him by punching the victim repeatedly. Two Irvine Police Department officers on foot patrol arrived at the scene, and Monfils is accused of making racial slurs to one of the two police officers, who is African-American.
Monfils was arrested at 6:00 p.m. last night, February 19, 2008 at McDonald’s on North Tustin Avenue in Orange, where he works as a cashier.
Deputy District Attorney Scott Steiner of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.