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Deputies Seek Witnesses In Jamul Hate Crime

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Authorities today appealed for information about an apparent racially motivated hate crime in which a group of people assaulted five African-American teens during an April 11 party near Jamul.

"We know there were many witnesses who were there and saw what happened," said District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, who joined Sheriff William Gore and San Diego County Crime Stoppers in asking for the public's help.

"We're asking them to come forward and assist with law enforcement's investigation," she said.

One of the five teens was physically assaulted inside the residence in rural Deerhorn Valley, southeast of Jamul, and the group decided to leave the party.

As they were driving away from the residence at 20855 Cinnamon Drive in a black Mitsubishi Galant about 11:30 p.m., some of the party guests began throwing rocks, bottles and a metal pipe at the car.

As a result, the driver lost control and crashed into a nearby parked car.

According to authorities, the attackers continued striking the victims' vehicle with various objects, while threatening the teens and shouting racial slurs.

They escaped from the car, which was then vandalized and destroyed by the attackers.

Although some suspects have been identified, law enforcement is seeking the public's assistance in identifying additional perpetrators.

Witnesses who can identify those responsible for the assaults or who have additional information about the incident are urged to call Crime Stoppers' anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information on the case, and the Hate Crime Reward Fund may also offer additional reward money if hate crime charges are filed.

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