LANCASTER — Three men are facing hate crime charges in connection with an attack that occurred Sunday at a park in Lake Los Angeles.
Ian Justine Plankey, 20, Richard Lawrence Daulton, 19, and Kevin Matthew Stewart, 25, were each charged Tuesday with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, a knife, and one count of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The alleged assaults are being charged as hate crimes, according to the criminal complaint.
The defendants are additionally charged with felony battery and misdemeanor assault, with hate crime enhancements.
The felony complaint, which names five victims, alleges that the crimes occurred Sunday, Feb. 28.
Around 4:30 p.m. that day, the trio allegedly harassed and attacked three Hispanic victims at the Stephen Sorensen Park, located at 16801 East Avenue P in Lake Los Angeles, sheriff’s officials said previously (see video below).
The men are also accused of assaulting bystanders who tried to intervene and yelling racial slurs throughout the attack, according to sheriff’s officials.
Plankey, Daulton and Stewart were scheduled to appear in a Lancaster courtroom Tuesday afternoon, but an update on the arraignment was not immediately available.
Prosecutors are recommending that bail be set at $185,000 for Plankey and Daulton. Prosecutors are recommending that bail be set at $245,000 for Stewart, who has a 2014 conviction for assault with a firearm.
UPDATED 3-2-16: All three defendants pleaded not guilty Tuesday, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. They are due back in court March 11 for a preliminary hearing to determine if there’s enough evidence to proceed to trial.
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