Three suspects have been arrested for an alleged race-based attack on a black family in Compton, Calif. Two men and a teenage boy of Latin heritage allegedly beat a black man visiting a family that had recently moved into the neighborhood. The trio used metal pipes and uttered racial slurs, reports say. One of the suspects, 21-year-old Efren Marquez, aimed a gun at the victim while he was being beaten, threatening to shoot, according to NBC Los Angeles.
The suspects claimed to be members of the Varrio 155 street gang, and apparently returned to the home 30 minutes later, with a mob in tow. NBC reports that up to 20 gang members surrounded the family’s home, saying that African-Americans were not allowed to live in the area and using the n-word. One of the gang members hurled a bottle through the family’s living room window.
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