|For Immediate Release
Case # 08HF0315
February 26, 2008
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
Cell: 714-292-2718Farrah Emami
WHITE SUPREMACIST CONVICTED OF HATE CRIME ATTACK ON AFRICAN-AMERICAN SECURITY
GUARD AT IRVINE SPECTRUM
NEWPORT BEACH – A self-proclaimed white supremacist was convicted today of 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, pleaded guilty to one felony count of a hate crime battery. He was sentenced to six months in jail, three years of formal probation, and is banned from the Irvine Spectrum.
At approximately 5:30 p.m. on February 2, 2008, Monfils was leaving Dave & Buster’s at the Irvine Spectrum with two friends. As he left, the defendant saw the victim, an African-American security guard, standing outside in uniform. Monfils began yelling racial slurs at the victim, threw a lit cigarette in his face, and attacked him by punching the victim repeatedly. Two Irvine Police Department officers on foot patrol arrived at the scene, and Monfils made racial slurs to one of the two police officers, who is African-American.
Monfils was arrested at 6:00 p.m. on 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 prosecuted this case.