A Pleasant Grove man was arrested Monday on hate crime charges.
Yuba County Undersheriff Jerry Read said 29-year-old Toby Brill went to a home on the 6000 block of Beede Avenue to confront a man he believed assaulted his girlfriend. The man was not at the home and Brill instead confronted two black men living at the property.
Brill, who was shirtless and displaying a swastika tattoo on his back, began yelling racial slurs, Read said.
"He start yelling racial stuff like 'white power ' and 'you guys need to go home, this is our neighborhood,'" neighbor Steve Papadopulos said.
Papadopulos said Brill was yelling at the interracial couple and another man that live in the home. They said Brill caused hundreds of dollars in damage by knocking out the rear window of their car.
Read said Brill also destroyed a neighbor's mailbox.
Deputies later arrested Brill for violation of the hate crime statute and vandalism. He is being held on $150,000 bail at Yuba County Jail.
A Pleasatn Grove man was arrested in connection to a hate crime and vandalism. (Tuesday, May 13, 2014) News10