Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Guilty Verdict, but No Hate-Crime Conviction, in Assault on Mexican Citizens in Tenderloin

Posted By and on Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 4:20 PM

gavelhorizontal.jpg

Two white men were convicted of assaulting two Mexican citizens outside a Tenderloin bar, although a jury did not buy prosecutors' allegations that the assault was racially motivated and constituted a hate crime, the office of District Attorney George Gascón announced today.

The case stemmed from an attack on Mexican nationals Alex Cauich and Jose Omar Cauich on Nov. 10, 2010 in front of the Nitecap Bar at O'Farrell and Hyde. Robert Allen, 39, and Justin Meskan, 29, were both found guilty of felony assault with intent to cause great bodily injury and battery.

The men could face nine-and-a-half and eight-and-a-half years of prison, respectively, said DA's office spokesperson Stephanie Ong Stillman.

Witnesses reported hearing the men yell "white power" and "run like you run across the border" during the attack. After Allen's arrest, investigators said they found Nazi and white supremacist "paraphernalia" at his apartment.

However, the jury refused to convict the men of a hate crime. "While the jury believed that race was a major factor

in the severity and length of the beating of the victims, they couldn't

find beyond reasonable doubt it was the cause of the initial assault," Assistant District Attorney Victor Hwang said in a statement, based on his conversations with jurors after the verdict.

A third defendant, Anthony Weston, had earlier pleaded guilty to charges resulting from the incident.

Follow us on Twitter at @SFWeekly and @TheSnitchSF

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

About The Authors

Peter Jamison

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook

Slideshows

  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"