3 Men in Custody After Attacking Group and Hurling Racial Slurs at Park in Antelope Valley: Authorities

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Three men were charged with hate crimes after allegedly assaulting several people playing soccer at Stephen Sorensen Park in Lake Los Angeles. (Credit: DonLuisMeza)

Three white men were taken into custody Sunday afternoon after allegedly attacking a group of Hispanic people while hurling racial slurs at a park in the Antelope Valley, authorities said.

The incident occurred about 3:30 p.m. at Stephen Sorenson Park in Lake Los Angeles, according to Detective Joseph Serda of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

A sheriff’s spokesman at the scene, who identified himself only as Deputy Maxwell, initially described the victims as “two Hispanic males, young, and a Hispanic female.” Serda later said the victims were “four Hispanic males.”

Three white men approached the members of the group, harassed them “and eventually began assaulting them, beating them up,” Maxwell said. The suspects “were screaming racial slurs — ‘Heil Hitler, AV skins,” he said.

Two of the assailants brandished knives and waved them in a “slashing motion” at the victims, who suffered minor abrasions to the face and head, according to the Sheriff’s Department. No one was stabbed.

Witnesses called the authorities, but the suspects had fled the location by the time deputies arrived. The three men — ages 19, 20 and 25 — were found in a nearby field and apprehended, Serda said. Their names were not immediately released.

The attack was being investigated as a hate crime, the detective said, adding that whether the suspects were members of a white supremacy group was not confirmed.