Sacto 9-1-1
April 25, 2011
Two Olivehurst men arrested, third sought in alleged hate crime

Two Olivehurst men have been arrested in connection with an April 18 robbery and assault at a Linda gas station.

The attack, which is being investigated as a hate crime, was captured on store surveillance video.

Yuba County Sheriff Steve Durfor announced today that detectives have arrested two suspects.

Perry Jackson, 25, was arrested Wednesday and Anthony Tyler, 30, was arrested today. Both were booked into Yuba County Jail on suspicion of criminal threats, hate crime, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery and attempted carjacking.

The incident occurred about 11 p.m. at the Full Stop Market at North Beale Road and Hammonton Smartville Road in Linda. The victims, a 45-year-old African American woman and a 30-year-old white man, drove into the market parking lot. As they were parking their vehicle, they were approached by three white men who yelled racial slurs at them, according to a Yuba County Sheriff's Department news release.

Officials said the three men came up to the victims' vehicle and one struck the windshield with a tire iron, shattering it. One man approached the driver's side of the woman's vehicle and attempted to open the door. Once the woman was out of the car, she was physically assaulted by the same suspect. A second suspect approached the passenger side door, where the male victim was sitting. Officials said the suspect punched the passenger through the window and continued assaulting the man after he was removed from the vehicle.

After both victims were outside the vehicle, the first suspect tried to get into the car but was stopped by the male victim. The three suspects, one armed with a tire iron, took turns kicking and punching the man, officials said. During the fight, the man's cell phone was stolen.

Both victims suffered bruises and scrapes, and the woman complained of shoulder pain, but they declined medical treatment at the scene. Their vehicle suffered an estimated $250 to the windshield.

Investigators are still looking for the third suspect, Billy Hammett, 27, also of Olivehurst. Hammett is described as white, approximately 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighing about 170 pounds, with blond hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts, or the attack, is asked to call the Yuba County Sheriff's Department at (530) 749-7777.

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