A Rodando Beach man has been charged with a hate crime. He is being held on a $1 million bond after an incident where he allegedly shouted racial slurs and attacked a group of African Americans.
Station KSRO in Sonoma County reports that 42-year-old Dennis Aaron Wyman is being accused by Torrence Police officers and others of screaming racial slurs at a group of Black people before attempting to charge at them with his car. A security guard was hurt in the incident.
Officials say that the incident happened on June 29th at approximately 11:30 p.m. at the Stay Bridge Suites when Wyman approached a group of African Americans and began hurling racial slurs at them.
The Police said one person in the group, a 23-year-old man, called his father, who was working as a security guard at a nearby business.
As the security guard arrived at the scene, Wyman got into his Chevrolet El Camino and began to drive toward the crowd. The armed security guard drew his weapon and fired several shots before Wyman’s vehicle struck him and others in the group. Wyman then fled the scene.
The security guard and at least one other person were taken to an area hospital for treatment. Their current condition was not disclosed at the time of the report.
Police say that on Wednesday, July 8th, Wyman was arrested in Redondo Beach during a traffic stop.
On Monday, July 13th, Wyman faced charges filed by the Los Angele County District Attorney’s Office, which included two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of hit-and-run driving resulting in serious injury. A judge has set Wyman’s bond at$1 million.
If convicted, Wyman could be facing up to 12 years in prison.