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Latino teens in Ojai allegedly threatened by skinheads

July 3, 2011 |  8:25 am

Two men were arrested for allegedly taunting and threatening two Latino teenagers in Ojai.

The incident occurred June 30. Ventura County Sheriff's Department officials said the two suspects, Daniel Dockery and Shauna Criner, drove up to two Latino teens and identified themselves as "skinheads." They said they hated "Mexicans" and asked if the teens were in a local street gang, officials said.

"Dockery continued to shout sexual and racial slurs at the victims. Dockery continued to question the victims to determine if they were part of the local Hispanic criminal street gang known as 'OSL,' which they are not members," the Sheriff's Department said in a statement. "Dockery got out of the car then slapped one of the victims in the face. Dockery claimed to have a handgun in his possession then threatened to shoot the victims in the head if they were still at that location when he returned."

The suspects then allegedly talked about stealing the victims' wallets. "Dockery drove his car towards one of the victims narrowly missing him as an additional final act of intimidation before fleeing the scene," the statement said.

The teens went home and told their parents, who called authorities.

The suspects were arrested on suspicion of criminal threats and committing hate crimes.

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