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DA Seeks Hate Crime Charges in Swastika Case

Associated Press

May 11, 2010

FARMINGTON, N.M. — Prosecutors in New Mexico say they plan to pursue hate crime charges against three men accused of branding a swastika on a mentally challenged man’s arm with a heated metal clothes hanger.

Jesse Sanford, William Hatch and Paul Beebe — all in their 20s — were charged Friday with kidnapping, aggravated battery and other felonies.

The three white men are accused of forcing the 22-year-old victim from the Navajo Indian reservation into a car April 29, and driving him to an apartment to abuse him. Police say the trio also shaved a swastika into the man’s hair and drew degrading words and pictures on his body with permanent marker.

All three suspects are being held with bond set at $150,000 cash for each. It’s unclear if they have attorneys.

Information from: The Daily Times,

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