Skateboarding has a rich history of being a laid-back beach sport with mellow vibrations.
No longer. The L.A. County Sheriff's Department says two skaters beat up an African American man with their boards. While one of the two young suspects is in custody, cops this week were on the lookout for the other teen.
Authorities say the attack at the Hawthorne Metro Green Line Station was a hate crime:
Reading between the lines of a sheriff's statement, it appears the n-word was employed. According to deputies, the suspect under arrest said:
[Blacks] are not welcome around here!
And then the two pounced with boards, fists, and kicks until the victim became disoriented and someone yelled that they would call police, deputies said. The victim fell to to the ground and the suspects ran down Hawthorne Boulevard, they said.
The alleged crime was reported about 9:45 p.m. on Feb. 17, but the Sheriff's Department is just telling us about it now.
They want you to help them find the outstanding suspect, described as a Latino teenager, 5 feet, 10 inches, 140 pounds and wearing a black striped shirt, black pants, and a black jacket.
The other suspect, who was not identified because he's underage, was arrested Feb. 26 after a search of his home turned up evidence linked to the crime, the Sheriff's Department said. The teen allegedly implicated himself, deputies said, but he would not finger his bro.
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The kid was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and was being held without bail, cops said. However, Sheriff's Det. Keith Schumaker said both suspects could also face hate crime allegations:
The District Attorney is looking into the fact that he [the boy arrested] allegedly used a racial slur while beating the victim, and allegedly used that same slur to attempt to intimidate the witness, is considering filing a Hate Crime enhancement on this case.
If you think you can help the department find the other alleged winner, call (888) 950-7233.