John Keihl DeLoach Charged With Hate Crime in Verbal and Physical Attacks on Couple


A 20-year-old white guy has a Thursday court date for an alleged hate crime after he supposedly blasted loud music with racist, anti-black lyrics at an African American woman in a convenience store and, after again bumping into her at a nearby apartment complex, where she was now accompanied by another white guy, yelled racial slurs at her, loudly complained that interracial romance is wrong and, with a partner, physically attacked the woman's companion.

If you guessed this apparent crime happened in Huntington Beach, you win the Aryan Kewpie doll.

The Orange County District Attorney's Office breaks down the case after the jump . . .

October 4, 2010

WESTMINSTER – A Caucasian man has been charged with committing a hate
crime against an African-American woman and her Caucasian male friend by
verbally and physically accosting the victims. John Keihl DeLoach, 20,
Huntington Beach, is charged with one felony count of hate crime battery
causing injury and one felony count of hate crime assault causing
injury. He has a prior strike conviction for residential burglary in
2009. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of seven years and four
months in state prison. DeLoach is being held on $100,000 bail and is
scheduled for a pre-trial hearing Oct. 7, 2010, at 8:30 a.m. in
Department W-15, West Justice Center, Westminster.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 1, 2010, DeLoach is accused of
driving by a Huntington Beach convenience store playing loud, racist
music with explicit anti-black lyrics. When the defendant saw victim
Briana W., an African-American woman, inside the store through the
window, he is accused of pulling his vehicle near the store and turning
up the volume of his music.

At approximately 9:40 p.m. that night, Briana W. was walking to a
friend's apartment in Huntington Beach with a Caucasian male friend,
Derrick S. The defendant, who happened to be in the same apartment
complex visiting a friend, recognized the victim as the woman from the
store earlier in the day and yelled after her. He is accused of yelling
racial slurs and stating that interracial relationships were wrong.

DeLoach and an unknown male accomplice are accused of running up to
Briana W. and continuing to yell at her. Briana W. asked, “What, dude?”
and the defendant is accused of yelling at Derrick S. to control his
“b****.” When Derrick S. stepped between Briana W. and the defendant,
DeLoach is accused of punching Derrick S. in the face. Derrick S. fell
to the ground and DeLoach is accused of kicking him twice in the back.

The defendant is accused of then fleeing the scene and Briana W. called
911. Derrick S. suffered a contusion on the side of his head as a result
of the attack. The Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD)
investigated this case.

On Oct. 1, 2010, the defendant was charged by the Orange County District
Attorney's Office and a warrant was issued for his arrest. That day,
HBPD officers arrested the defendant at Overlook Park. When contacted by
officers, DeLoach is accused of running and resisting arrest.

Deputy District AttorneyIsrael Claustro of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.

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