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
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
Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact
Santa Cruz police at (831)420-5820.