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Woman yelled racial slurs, punched Latino man, district attorney says

October 7, 2011 | 11:42 am

A woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to allegedly yelling racial slurs and punching a man in the face in downtown Huntington Beach, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

San Diego resident Jennifer Renee Vanveldhuizen, 36, faces one felony count of hate crime battery causing injury. She faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison if convicted. Her bail was set at $20,000. Her pretrial is scheduled for Tuesday with a preliminary hearing set for Oct. 19, said district attorney spokeswoman Farrah Emami.

Vanveldhuizen, who is white, approached the Latino man, whose name is being withheld to protect his identity, about 7:15 p.m. Monday while he was cleaning a brick planter bench and emptying trash cans, prosecutors said. Vanveldhuizen, who was allegedly intoxicated, is accused of approaching him, yelling racial slurs and profanity then punching him in the face, causing his lip to swell, according to the Huntington Beach Independent.

Police arrested her at the scene.

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-- Mona Shadia, Times Community News

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