Transient charged with hate crimes in alleged battery of Latina
A white transient was charged Thursday with hate crime battery for allegedly yelling racial slurs at a Latina, spitting on her and trying to run her over in Huntington Beach with his bicycle.
Jonathan Michael Schmidt, 31, is charged with two felony counts of hate crime battery and one felony count of hate crime in connection with the incident Tuesday.
Orange County prosecutors say the 36-year-old victim, who was not identified, was driving a car with her sister and had pulled up to a stop sign in Huntington Beach near Main Street about 1:40 p.m. when the attack occurred.
Schmidt was allegedly riding his bicycle and approached the open driver’s side window of the woman's stopped car.
Schmidt allegedly yelled racial slurs and profanity at the woman including, a profanity followed by, "Mexican, go back to Mexico.”
The woman drove away and parked at a store she was going to visit. While outside her car, Schmidt allegedly rode up again and yelled more racial slurs and profanity at the woman before spitting on her back.
Schmidt then allegedly rode away only to return moments later and attempt to run the woman over with his bicycle, according to prosecutors. The woman had to jump out of the way.
Schmidt, who has a conviction for false imprisonment in 2003, faces a maximum sentence of five years and four months in state prison if convicted of all the charges.
He was being held on $50,000 bail and was due be arraigned Thursday afternoon in Westminster.
-- Richard Winton