Arash Riazati Convicted in Iranian-American-on-Latinos Hate Crimes

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An Irvine man accused of unprovoked Iranian-American-on-Latinos hate crimes reportedly pleaded guilty to charges that will have him spending 120 days in detention and three years on probation.

Sure beats seven years in state prison, which is what 33-year-old Arash Riazati was possibly looking at had he been convicted on all counts the Orange County District Attorney's office originally sought.

Riazati had a run-in with Hispanics at a movie theater in Los Angeles County on May 28, 2010. Still seething around midnight as he sat in the passenger seat of his girlfriend's car at Jamboree Road and Barranca Parkway in Tustin, he looked out the window at an uncle and his teenage nephew in a car stopped three lanes away. A now-enraged Riazati picked up a metal chain, got out of his girlfriend's car and rushed over and struck the driver's rear side door of the car holding the Latino fellows.

Both occupants were extremely frightened, but fortunately no one suffered injuries before the uncle managed to speed away. Riazati did not know the pair, and they did not know Riazati. And, it may have been one of those unreported hateful acts people with brown skin are subjected to daily around these parts had an Irvine Police sergeant not witnessed the whole thing. 

That led to an investigation, Riazati's arrest and his being originally
charged with one felony count of aggravated assault, one felony count of hate crime motivated aggravated assault with present ability to commit violent injury, one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance without prescription, one misdemeanor count of violation of civil rights by causing property damage, and sentencing enhancements and allegations that the aggravated assault was a hate crime. He was originally held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

The Orange County Register reports that Riazati pleaded guilty Monday only to felony assault with a sentencing enhancement for committing the attack for racial reasons and misdemeanor being in possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.

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Sgt641
Sgt641

In Arizona there would have been a chalk body outline on the street and one less "Iranian American" in circulation.  We don't play around over here.  I open carry (Kimber 45 ACP) and have NEVER had a problem.  As the world gets colder and meaner the right to defend yourself and your family hopefully is becoming more important to the law abiding citizen.  I am a proud Arizonan. I feel bad for California and its refusal to allow people to arm up and protect themselves.

Streets
Streets

Hope Arash has the same attitude in jail, the brown brothers will enjoy it......

Pumpuy2010
Pumpuy2010

What did he do that made it a hate crime? I read the article but can't find the part where he assaulted the pair because of race. 

Bill T.
Bill T.

In pretty much any group (except groups that are formed explicitly of pendejos, give it a thought, you'll come up with a couple) there are lots and lots of really good people and a few complete losers.

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icantlose
icantlose

yeah, im sure all the victims of these illegal scum are crying their hearts out.. truth is mexicans are the most racist people on the face of the planet... i guess cleaning toilets pisses them off

Geronimo Jijaga
Geronimo Jijaga

"unreported hateful acts people with brown skin are subjected to daily around these parts" and/or commit on other brown, black, yellow or white people.

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Koolarrow
Koolarrow

What a punk! Hope he isn't a victim of a hate crime in jail because he's Persian.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

"it may have been one of those unreported hateful acts people with brown skin are subjected to daily"

Oh brother. 

deathchodite
deathchodite

@Sgt641 Likewise SGT, an Iranian-American can hopefully gun you down in Arizona. ;)

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

First, congratulations. Second, I doubt if the driver or passenger wore holsters it would have stopped Riazati from taking a metal chain to the car.

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

Sorry that wasn't clear: according to prosecutors, he'd clashed with some Latinos in LA County. Later, he assaulted two Latinos who did not know him and had nothing to do with the first incident.

icantloseisignorant
icantloseisignorant

This is nothing a concealed weapons permit cannot fix. In Florida there is a no retreat doctrine which means when you are in your car, you cannot flee. You are more or less trapped in your car therefore, you can use a firearm to protect yourself legally. I have brown skin and I have a concealed weapons permit which allows me to legally carry a loaded firearm to protect myself in situations exactly like the one described in this article. Can you imagine some guy breaking your car window with a steel chain and the victim unloading 12 rounds of .40 caliber hallow point bullets in the agressors face acting out of self defense? We all bleed in the same color no matter what job we have and the color of skin doesn't make a difference. By the way, Sonia Sotomayor, is latin and a Supreme Court Justice which is very far from cleaning toilets. 

bluevoodo
bluevoodo

 Shocking people commit violence on other people!

BetaRayBill
BetaRayBill

Get a life 20ftJesus;you are just another moron like Mitch Young and 909Jeff.

Sgt641
Sgt641

The point is that my ability to protect myself and loved ones is not hampered by hyper-restictive and Stasi like laws.  My ability and right to defend is intact without apology.

Pumpuy2010
Pumpuy2010

OK. I guess you cleared it up. I am used to seeing things like:

A 42-year-old male brandished a metal pipe, uttered racial epithets, and assaulted two Hispanic victims as they were exiting a restaurant. ·        A 31-year-old male crashed his car into the garage of his Jewish ex-employer and made anti-Semitic statements. ·        A 42-year-old male got into a road rage incident with a Hispanic male and threatened him with a crowbar while using racial epithets. ·        An 18 and a 20-year-old male attacked two men because they believed the men were gay.

Geronimo Jijaga
Geronimo Jijaga

 Sonia is a supreme court justice BECAUSE she's latina.  A similarly qualified white man would never have gotten the tap.  It's all about diversity, screw merit.

mitch young
mitch young

dude, I haven't even been on this site for what, 2-3 weeks. And you are still obsessed with me? You're the one that needs a life.

909Jeff
909Jeff

You cut me refried mexican... You cut me deep! 

Bill T.
Bill T.

If he only attacked folks of a particular group that's strong circumstantial evidence, which, contrary to common belief, is (or can be) admissable.

I wouldn't be surprised that there were facts in the case that weren't available when Matt reported the story.

mitch young
mitch young

"Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund,"

In other words, she was an ethno-racial activist. 

We need to cut that island loose.¡Viva Puerto Rico Libre!

icantloseisignorant
icantloseisignorant

I don't know where you work Geronimo but, her resume looks quite impressive. Sonia Sotomayor graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1976 and received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1979.She worked as an assistant district attorney in New York for five years before entering private practice in 1984. She played an active role on the boards of directors for the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, the State of New York Mortgage Agency, and the New York City Campaign Finance Board. Sotomayor was nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York by President George H. W. Bush in 1991, and her nomination was confirmed in 1992. In 1997, she was nominated by President Bill Clinton to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Her nomination was slowed by the Republican majority in the Senate, but she was eventually confirmed in 1998. On the Second Circuit, Sotomayor heard appeals in more than 3,000 cases and wrote about 380 opinions. Sotomayor has taught at the New York University School of Law and Columbia Law School. In May 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Sotomayor for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace retired Justice David Souter. Her nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate in August 2009 by a vote of 68–31.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Yeah, because choosing a supreme court justice was always based solely on merits before...riiiight.

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