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Assailant in Whole Foods attack pleads guilty to hate crime

The City Attorney’s Office charged Amparano with assault with a deadly weapon, battery, and a hate crime. He pled guilty to the hate crime and battery.
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San Diego City Attorney Mara W. Elliott reported on Monday that the man who attacked a gay couple outside the Whole Foods in Hillcrest has pled guilty to assaulting them because of their race and sexual orientation.

The report says the married couple were at the store on University Avenue on September 9, 2017 and said that Teeno Hermoso Amparano physically attacked them while using homophobic and racial slurs.

The result of the attack caused both men to sustain injuries.

The City Attorney’s Office charged Amparano with assault with a deadly weapon, battery, and a hate crime. He pled guilty to the hate crime and battery.

San Diego Gay and Lesbian News talked with Amparano by phone upon his release from jail last week and he maintains that he did not provoke the altercation and adds he is gay himself. 

The victims were unavailable for comment. 

Amparano was fined $655 and sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay restitution to the victims. Amparano is also prohibited from going to Whole Foods and may have no contact with the victims for a duration of three years. He is also not allowed to possess a firearm for ten years and must take an anger management course.

The City Attorney’s office said in a written statement, “Hate crimes are more than just attacks on an individual: they terrorize communities. The City Attorney’s Office has zero tolerance for bigotry and violence, whether perpetrated because of someone's race, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability, or sexual orientation, and whenever warranted will charge perpetrators with a hate crime.”

Adds Elliot, “Violent crimes against members of San Diego’s LGBT community tear at the fabric of our city. We strongly encourage victims to come forward so we can prosecute these criminals and see that they are punished.”

Supervising Deputy City Attorney Sam Park prosecuted the case on behalf of the People of California.

Victims and witnesses are encouraged to report hate crimes. For crimes in progress, or where medical assistance is needed, immediately call 9-1-1. In non-emergencies, hate crimes should be reported to the San Diego Police Department at (619) 531-2000 or online via the Citizens' Online Police Reporting System. Crime victims can find additional information on the City Attorney’s Victim's Services & Resources page.

See Also: Hillcrest gay couple assaulted outside of Whole Foods