SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was charged with hate crimes and arraigned today for yelling racial slurs at gym employees and spitting on a Brea Police Department (BPD) officer.
|Defendant||Charges||Maximum Sentence||Court Date|
|Erik Lee Overturf, 33, La Habra||Charged today with: Felony
|Three years in state prison||Pre-trial Jan. 25, 2018, 8:30 a.m. Department N-3, North Justice Center, Fullerton|
Circumstances of the Case
- At approximately 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 12, 2018, Overturf is accused of entering a gym in Brea where his membership was previously revoked due multiple instances of disruptive behavior.
- The defendant is accused of repeatedly yelling racial slurs at the gym’s manager John Doe, who is Hispanic, throwing a scanner and pushing a computer monitor from the gym’s front desk area, and attempting to punch John Doe.
- Overturf is accused of having a substantial motivation to commit violence because of the victim’s race.
- BPD officers arrived to the scene and arrested the defendant.
- While in the backseat of the police vehicle, Overturf is accused of yelling profanities and spitting at BPD Officer Doe.
Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Jess Rodriguez, Special Prosecutions Unit Orange County District Attorney / Case # 18NF0159 / January 17, 2018