Laguna Beach police make 4th arrest stemming from America First! rally
|| Orange County Register
“LAGUNA BEACH — Just two days after the America First! rally at Main Beach that drew 2,500 and resulted in three arrests, Laguna Beach have arrested a fourth person on suspicion of assault.
According to police, a man was talking peacefully with a group of people at the rally Sunday when he was punched in the face by a man, who then fled.
On Monday, Aug. 22, police received a report of an assault and a video provided by the victim. The video had also been posted on social media sites.
“The video shows a black man wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ shirt hit squarely in the face by another man,” said Sgt. Jim Cota.
The victim, identified as R.C. Maxwell of Inglewood, told KTLA that he was attacked because of the color of his skin.
Maxwell told KTLA that he was attacked by someone from the left because he was a “black man who happens to support President Donald Trump.”
“It important we show violence on the left when it happens,” Maxwell said.
Laguna Beach police detectives recognized the man in the video and found him in town on Tuesday night as he was trying to buy a bus pass to Ohio. The man was identified as 20-year-old Richard Losey of Lancaster, Ohio.
“He was arrested on suspicion of battery and making threats,” Cota said.
On Sunday, Laguna Beach police also arrested Samuel Gonzales on suspicion of resisting and delaying arrest; Harlan William Pankau on suspicion of weapons charge for carrying a knife; and Trevail Dominique Johnson was arrested on suspicion of assault.
Police said Losey was booked into Orange County Jail on $50,000 bail on suspicion of misdemeanor battery with a hate crime enhancement.”
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