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Costa Mesa man to be charged with hate-crime attack on Latinos

March 28, 2011 | 10:10 am

A Costa Mesa man was scheduled to be arraigned Monday on two felony counts of hate-crime battery for allegedly attacking two Latino men outside a convenience store.

Chad Martin Jurjaks, 30, has a prior-strike conviction for criminal threats and faces a maximum sentence of seven years and four months in state prison if convicted in the March 15 incident, said officials with the Orange County district attorney’s office.

Prosecutors said an intoxicated Jurjaks confronted a Latino family -- a 42-year-old man, his wife, cousin, and 26-year-old nephew -- as they walked to the door of a 7-Eleven in Costa Mesa.

Jurjaks allegedly shouted a profanity and referred to their ethnicity and punched two of the men in the head without provocation, according to the district attorney’s office.

Jurjaks then walked away, and the victims called 911. Costa Mesa police arrested Jurjaks near the scene.

Prosecutors said they will request $100,000 bail at the arraignment.

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