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Skinheads Allegedly Threaten, Intimidate Latino Teens In Ojai

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Two suspects were arrested on suspicion of criminal threats and committing hate crimes after the parents of two Latino teenagers called authorities followin an incident allegedly involving skinheads "taunting and threatening" their kids in Ojai on June 30, according to LA Now.

Ventura County Sheriff's Department officials said the two suspects, Daniel Dockery and Shauna Criner, drove up to two Latino teens and identified themselves as "skinheads." They said they hated "Mexicans" and asked if the teens were in a local street gang, officials said.

"Sexual and racial slurs" were shouted at the victims and the teens were continually asked if they were part of a "local Hispanic criminal street gang known as 'OSL,' which they are not members," said the Sheriff's Department.

Suspect Dockery reportedly got out of the car, slapped one of the victims in the face, talked about stealing their wallets, and claimed to have a handgun, threatening to shoot both victims in the head if they remained at that location. As a "final act of intimidation before fleeing the scene," the suspects nearly hit the teens with their car.