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    Three charged with branding swastika on Navajo man

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    FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) – Prosecutors in northwestern New Mexico said they will pursue hate crime charges against three men accused of branding a swastika on a mentally challenged man’s arm using a heated metal clothes hanger.




    Jesse Sanford, 24, William Hatch, 28, and Paul Beebe, 26, were charged Friday with kidnapping, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and other felony charges. The men were jailed with bond set at $150,000 cash.
    “We’ll explore every conceivable available avenue in charging them with a hate crime because what happened to the victim was so horribly wrong,” said Chief Deputy District Attorney Sarah Weaver.
    The three white men are accused of forcing the 22-year-old victim from the Navajo Indian reservation into a car on April 29 and driving him to an apartment. Besides branding the man’s arm there, police say the suspects shaved a swastika into his hair and drew degrading words and pictures on his body with permanent marker.
    Afterward, the trio allegedly kicked the victim out of the apartment, and a nearby convenience store clerk called 911.
    Police took the victim to San Juan Regional Medical Center, where hospital employees washed off the degrading speech and pictures. A local barbershop cut the man’s hair to remove the swastika, police Sgt. Robert Perez said.
    Officers obtained search warrants for the apartment and the men’s vehicle. Insignia associated with white supremacist beliefs were found in the apartment, Perez said.
    “We haven’t identified this as a gang-related crime. That is still under investigation,” Perez said. “But they appear to be associated in some fashion to the white supremacist movement.”
    Sanford told police the victim came into a McDonald’s restaurant where the three men worked and was looking for a place to stay. Sanford claimed that the victim, who wanted a haircut and a tattoo, “wanted the swastika design because it was a tribal symbol,” according to court records.

    Re: Three charged with branding swastika on Navajo man

    That is so evil! Especially given the fact the man is mentally challenged. Just pure evil.

    Re: Three charged with branding swastika on Navajo man

    Donna D
    That is so evil! Especially given the fact the man is mentally challenged. Just pure evil.


    Isn't it sad that some people have not progressed
    beyond their own narrow minded thoughts! You know this man must of been screaming during this ordeal.
    Why didn't any one call the police or 911 from the apartment complex?
    Where is the compassion of people for another human being? What has happen that people have forgotten to care and become involved when another is in need!

    Link to a follow-up article in Navajo Times

    http://www.navajotimes.com/


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