Man Charged Again with Hate Crime in Huntington Beach

SANTA ANA (CNS) – A 42-year-old man convicted of a hate crime earlier this year was charged Friday on suspicion of another hate crime.

On Feb. 19, Tremaine Jatari Sowell — a Black man — brandished a stun gun at a 54-year-old white man while making comments about the victim’s race, police said after arresting him in Huntington Beach. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of violating the man’s civil rights and was sentenced to 68 days in jail, or time already served.

On Wednesday, Sowell was again arrested in Huntington Beach for an alleged hate crime, police said. And on Friday, he was charged with violation of civil rights with a violent injury, a felony, as well as single misdemeanor counts each of violation of civil rights and brandishing a weapon. Details of the incident, however, were not immediately made available.

Sowell has a prior conviction for burglary in September 2010 and possession of drugs for sale in March 2013.

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