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Case # 18NF2699
      

Date: September 28, 2018

MAN CHARGED WITH HATE CRIME FOR YELLING RACIAL SLURS AND THREATENING TWO VICTIMS WITH A SCREWDRIVER

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was charged yesterday with hate crimes for yelling racial slurs and threatening two victims with a screwdriver. 

Defendant

Charges

Maximum Sentence

Court Date

Joel Thomas Rookey, 56, Transient

Charged on Sept. 27, 2018, with the following counts:

 

Felony:

  • Assault with deadly weapon other than firearm
  • Criminal threats
  • Hate crime with present ability to commit violent injury

 

Misdemeanor:

  • Brandishing a weapon
  • Violation of civil rights

 

Sentencing Enhancement:

  • Hate crime

Eight years and fourth months in prison

Pre-trial hearing

 

Oct. 5, 2018, 8:30 a.m.

 

Department N3, North Justice Center, Fullerton

Circumstances of the Case

  • On Sept. 25, 2018, Rookey is accused of approaching John Doe 1 and John Doe 2 in their vehicle and yelling racial slurs involving the victims’ countries of origin.
  • The defendant is further accused of swinging a screwdriver at John Doe 1 and threatening to kill him with it.  
  • Anaheim Police Department (APD), who investigated this case, located the defendant with a sharpened screwdriver and arrested him the same day.

Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney Devin Campbell, Special Prosecutions Unit 

 



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