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John Smith Suspected Hell’s Angel Arrested For Alleged Battery & Hate Crimes

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A suspected member of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang has been arrested for battery and committing a hate crime following an attack on a man in Santa Cruz on Saturday.

At around 2:30 a.m., officers responded to reports of a fight in the 100 block of Walnut Drive, according to Santa Cruz police.

Police made contact with a man who said he had been called a racial slur and punched in the face by another man, police said.

The suspect — who was later identified as John Smith, 38, of Taft — got into his truck and left the area after the attack, police said.

Officers located him a few blocks away, lying in the back of his truck. Smith and two other men allegedly had clothing and apparel indicating membership in the Hell’s Angels, police said.

In a search of the truck, officers located a loaded 9mm pistol and a knife, police said.

Smith was arrested for battery, possession of a firearm and hate crime.

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