ELK GROVE, Calif. (CBS13) – A man who allegedly shouted slurs at a man during an assault earlier this month has been charged with a hate crime, authorities said.

The Elk Grove Police Department said 30-year-old Joel Olivarez of Sacramento has been charged with aggravated battery for allegedly assaulting a man in the parking lot of Strikes Family Entertainment Center following a verbal argument.

The alleged victim, Seth Parker, told CBS13 the suspect struck him in the face during the late night attack on June 5, causing multiple fractures around an eye and nerve damage. Parker said Olivarez shouted gay slurs repeatedly during the alleged attack.

Police detectives have categorized the incident as a hate crime. A second person who accompanied the suspect was also located and is considered a witness to the investigation.

“Hopefully, this investigation and arrest will serve as a message to those who not only would commit a criminal act but would do so motivated by hate or bias,” Elk Grove Police Chief Robert M. Lehner said in a statement issued Tuesday evening.

The investigation is still ongoing and authorities are asking any other witnesses to call the Elk Grove Detective Bureau at (916) 478-8060.

Comments (10)
  1. Matt says:

    People who get beat up should be charged with a crime? What are you talking about?

    1. ihtfpaeoh says:

      Dude, the Caps Lock key is to the left of “a”

    2. blah says:

      what do you meant, you meant the victim should get charge too..

  2. Monica Perez says:

    We need less crime in this town

    1. Kathryn says:

      We need less hate in this world.

  3. Mace is stupid says:

    Mace is an idiot. I am confused with your post

    1. Mace says:

      Ur just S L O W and high on meth LOL

  4. Oh_U_R_Perfect says:

    yeah, how about that white trash that stabbed the guy on northgate and delpaso because he wanted to steal a car?

    typical white trailer trash, like you? maybe?

  5. Randy West says:

    Just because someone “pops off at the mouth” it does not give anyone the right to assault that person.

    grow up people with mentalities like that are just losers

  6. Amigwyn says:

    I hope you don’t have children. If you do I hope they aren’t picking up your racist behaviors. If so I guess we can expect to read stories like this about your kids.

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