A 26-year-old Irvine man, who was ratted out by a family member, was charged Thursday with hate crimes for threatening to kill prominent Jews, possessing anti-semitic literature and being loaded for bear–if those bears were Jewish bears.
Nicholas Rose was slapped with three felony counts of attempted criminal threats, three misdemeanor counts of violating civil rights and a sentencing enhancement for three hate crimes.
Being convicted of all that could result in a sentence of six years and six months in state prison, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office (OCDA).
An OCDA arraignment statement says that on or about Monday, Rose told a family member “he desired to kill people” and made “violent threats against the Jewish community.”
That family member contacted the Orange Police Department, who launched an investigation that included a search of Rose’s home, says the OCDA, which alleges the following turned up:
- .22 ammunition
- Anti-semitic literature
- “Kill lists” of prominent Jewish community members
- A list of steps titled “killing my first Jew”
- Papers referencing one church and one synagogue in Irvine and one church in Lake Forest
The discovery led to Rose being arrested at the scene, according to the OCDA.
Held on $500,000 bail, Rose has a pre-trial hearing scheduled April 27 in Santa Ana.
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