2 Redding men arrested for alleged hate crimes

Oct 8, 2014 5:51 PM by News Staff

Two Redding men were arrested and charged with committing hate crimes for their roles in a Sunday night fight at Club 501.

Redding police responded to reports of an assault in progress at Club 501 in Redding Sunday night. When officers arrived they found two victims, one of whom had a broken left eye orbital bone, a broken tooth and multiple lacerations and abrasions.

During the investigation officers learned that two men became very upset when they were asked to leave club 501. As they were leaving the suspects began making derogatory slurs about the sexual orientation of other customers at the bar. As the men left they began physically fighting with patrons outside and yelling derogatory statements about the sexual orientations of the victims. During the physical altercation one of the suspects was identified as using brass knuckles during the assault.

Witnesses described the suspects to police and told investigators they left in a Red Ford F-150 pickup and the two men were identified at Jarrett Westler, 24, of Redding and Michael Brown, 23, of Redding.

Police say Brown allegedly assaulted the first victim with the brass knuckles that caused the broken left eye orbital bone and broken tooth, Westler reportedly brandished a knife and slashed it toward the second victim.

Police were able to locate and arrest both Westler and Brown Wednesday around 5 a.m. morning.

Westler was booked at the Shasta County Jail for assault with a deadly weapon, assault causing bodily injury, hate crime and a parole hold. Brown was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, assault causing great bodily injury and hate crime.

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