Hate crime attack suspect surrenders

January 5, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A 24-year-old Redwood City man wanted on suspicion of assaulting a gay man at a downtown Santa Cruz bar over the weekend in what police are calling a hate crime has turned himself in, a police spokesman said.

Cole White was wanted on a $50,000 warrant for allegedly assaulting a 31-year-old Santa Cruz man early Sunday morning at the Blue Lagoon at 923 Pacific Ave.

White turned himself in to the sheriff's office at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, police spokesman Zach Friend said.

The altercation began outside the bar where White allegedly used derogatory language regarding the victim's sexual orientation, Friend said. The victim suffered cuts and bruises but refused medical treatment.

Police said the incident also involved 23-year-old David Douglas Cameron, who was arrested on suspicion of stealing the victim's cell phone after the victim used it to take a photo of White, and Meisha Galpren-Gibson, 18, who was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public, disturbing the peace and fighting, Friend said.

White was arrested on charges of battery with serious bodily injury and violation of civil rights with a hate crime enhancement, Friend said.

Police records show White had previously been arrested for public intoxication and fighting, Friend said.