HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) - Two people face hate crime charges in Harrisonburg stemming from an assault that police say was racially motivated.
Harrisonburg police say 20-year-old Christian Dane Reinertson of Harrisonburg and 23-year-old Jacob Devoshen Faircloth of Wise are each charged with felony assault and battery as a hate crime.
Police tell media outlets that the men, both of whom are white, are accused of assaulting a black man on Saturday.
The victim told police that several people spit on him from a deck of a nearby residence as he was leaving a home early Saturday. He says they also used racial slurs and threw alcoholic beverages at him.
The man told police the suspects jumped from the deck's railing and attacked him after he asked why he was being harassed.
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Harrisonburg Police Department Press Release
The Harrisonburg Police Department responded to an assault in the 1000 block of Lois Lane on Saturday, October 12th at 2:30 a.m. While officers were en-route to the call they were advised that the altercation was reported as being racially motivated.
Officers made contact with the victim of the assault, who stated that as he was leaving a residence several subjects began spitting at him from a deck and calling him a racial slur while throwing alcoholic beverages at him. When the victim asked the group why they were doing this, the subjects jumped from the railing and attacked the victim.
The victim was struck in the face and while on the ground was kicked numerous times by several individuals.
Christian Dane Reinertson, 20 of Harrisonburg and Jacob Devoshen Faircloth, 23, of Wise, Virginia were identified as the offenders. Both males have been arrested and each charged with Felony Assault (Hate Crime).
"These arrests should be credited to the cooperation from the victim and his willingness to report this unacceptable crime along with the officers' response and follow-up investigation," said Police Chief Stephen Monticelli.
Reinertson was taken into custody on October 14th and Faircloth was taken into custody yesterday.
The investigation into this case continues.