Aug 01, 2020
Couple accused of hate crimes after attack on vehicle in Torrance is caught on video
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A married couple were arrested and charged with hate crimes Friday for allegedly using a shovel to smash the vehicle of another couple, with the wife heard on video saying,"White lives matter,” and her husband seen performing a Nazi salute during the incident, authorities said.
Gregory Howell of Carson and his wife, Rachel Howell of Seal Beach, both 29, were allegedly caught on video during the incident about 10:30 p.m. on July 22, according to the Torrance Police Department.
In the video circulated on social media, the two suspects — who appear to be a white man and white woman — are seen outside of their white pickup at a stoplight near Artesia Boulevard and Prairie Avenue, according to Torrance police Sgt. Alexander Martinez.
In the video, recorded from inside the vehicle that was attacked, the woman says, ``"White lives matter,” and, `"Only white lives matter,” adding expletives. The man is seen giving a Nazi salute and saying, "``White power.”
The video shows the couple briefly returning to their truck before the man grabbed a shovel from the pickup’s bed and used it to smash the victims’ vehicle, damaging the driver’s side mirror.
A police report was filed about 10:50 a.m. the next day. The race of the victims was not immediately confirmed, Martinez said, but a Twitter user claiming to be related to the woman in the car said, and the video appears to confirm, that the man driving the vehicle that was attacked is Black.
Authorities eventually identified the suspects in the video and obtained arrest warrants for hate crimes and vandalism on July 24, police said. They were arrested Friday.
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San Mateo police still searching for suspect accused of sexual assault, beating of woman in her 60s
SAN MATEO, Calif. (KGO) -- Police in San Mateo have released a new photo of the suspect who they believe is responsible for sexually assaulting a woman in her 60s Wednesday night.
San Mateo police say the victim contacted police to report the assault at 9th Avenue and South El Camino Real around 10:45 p.m.
"She was beaten and raped and the suspect fled the scene immediately after. We believe he was near the bus stop when she was assaulted," Nicole Von Glahn, a detective for SMPD, said.
Police say the suspect left the scene on foot and a search is now underway.
The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic man in his late teens or early 20s and believe he is homeless.
San Mateo police released surveillance footage to ABC7 Saturday afternoon showing a man they believe to be the perpetrator in the assault.
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The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic man in his late teens or early 20s.
The footage shows a man walking on a street, though it's unclear where or when the video was taken.
On Sunday, police released a photo showing the victim's face and describe the suspect as light-skinned with an average build and height with "dark outgrown or slightly curly hair."
This image shows the sex assault suspect who police describe as described as male, White or Hispanic, in his late teens to early 20s, in San Mateo, Aug. 5, 2020.
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Detectives say they have now found the red sweater and bicycle they believe the suspect was wearing and riding.
Police are asking residents and business owners to check their security cameras for video matching the suspect.
"After he discarded his red sweatshirt he was wearing a white t-shirt and he had a very specific satchel like bag going across his chest," Von Glahn said.
Von Glahn said it was a very uncommon event for the area, residents nearby agree.
"It's a very low crime neighborhood. I mean the only thing that happens around here is people going through your car," San Mateo resident Helen O'Day said.
Stephane Gourguechon would describe the area as extremely safe, which is what makes it surprising.
"I've lived here for four years now, never heard anything remotely like it," Gourguechon said.
The police department believes the suspect visited businesses in San Mateo.
Those with information on the assault or suspect should contact San Mateo Detective Sergeant Lee Violett at (650) 522-7662 or by email at email@example.com.
Anonymous tips can be submitted to police here or by phone at (650) 522-7676.
Police are requesting any security footage from Wednesday between 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.