Attack outside Mid-State Fair deemed a hate crime
July 29, 2014
A 25-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly assaulted an African-American man while yelling racist remarks outside the California Mid-State Fair last week. [Tribune]
On July 20 shortly after 10 p.m., Ernest Martin, 50, left the fair and was walking through a parking lot with his wife when Cristian Sioldea, 25, allegedly hit him on the back of the head causing a concussion. Sioldea’s wife was knocked to the ground and suffered scrapes and cuts.
After Martin scuffled with his assailant, he was able to subdue Sioldea until security arrived.
Police arrested Sioldea on two charges of battery, an assault charge and a special allegation of being a hate crime. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 28.