Hate Crime Defendant Pleads No Contest, Could Face Nine Years in Prison

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DEFENDANT PLEADS NO CONTEST IN 2010 HATE CRIMEOn December 17, 2010, shortly after 8:00 p.m., officers from the Long Beach Police Department responded to a vandalism call at the Gay and Lesbian Center in the 2000 block of 4th street. The preliminary investigation revealed that a male pulled up in front of the location, exited his vehicle, and threw a rock through the window then drove away. Approximately fifteen minutes later a second window-smash vandalism was reported two miles away at Ripples Bar in the 5100 block of East Ocean Boulevard. The investigation led to a third vandalism reported from The Dolphin Bar in the city of Redondo Beach with similar circumstances and suspect description.

The investigation included search warrants, multiple interviews and follow up investigation by Long Beach Violent Crimes Detectives and resulted in the arrest of 23-year-old Olivier Rodrich Saintvictor, of Rancho Palos Verdes. On February 8, 2011, felony vandalism charges with a special allegation for the hate crime were filed by the Torrance District Attorney’s office.  On Tuesday, September 20, 2011, in Torrance Municipal court Defendant Olivier Rodrich Saintvictor pleaded no contest to felony vandalism charges with a hate crime allegation and also agreed to pay restitution to the victims. Saintvictor is expected to be sentenced on October 11, 2011 and could be facing up to nine years in state prison.

When hate crimes occur in the City of Long Beach, the Long Beach Police Department is committed to providing victims with immediate assistance through multi-service agency and community support. These crimes are vigorously investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Anyone who may have additional information about these crimes or any other hate crime please contact Long Beach Police Department Violent Crimes Detective Jackie Bezart at (562) 570-7250

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