DA Seeks Hate Crime Charges in Swastika Case
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, http://www.daily-times.com