Crime

Ashli Babbit’s brother convicted of hate crime after slapping Latino worker and telling him to ‘go back to your country’

The brother of the woman who was shot and killed by a Secret Service agent during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, has been convicted of a hate crime after he assaulted and hurled racial slurs at a SDG&E worker in San Diego, California.

Roger Stefan Witthoeft Jr., 33, the brother of Ashli Babbit, was convicted of all charges including a hate crime, for allegedly slapping a Latino worker last year and telling him to “talk in English you f***ing immigrant” and “go back to your country,” ABC 10 reports.

“This jury has sent a clear message that violent, abusive, and racist conduct like this has no place in our community,” San Diego City Attorney Mara W. Elliott said. “My Office will continue to prosecute and hold accountable people who commit hate crimes, and I urge victims and witnesses to report all such activity.”

From ABC 10:

Prosecutors say, in Sept. 2021 the worker was diverting traffic at a Point Loma intersection where SDG&E workers were repairing a utility box, causing Witthoeft to become “enraged” because the worker’s truck was stopped in the intersection.

About four months later, Witthoeft got into an altercation with another man on Muir Avenue in Ocean Beach, according to the City Attorney’s Office. Witthoeft was an Ocean Beach resident. He’s facing charges of battery and vandalism in connection with the man in Ocean Beach.

In 2016, Witthoeft convicted of vandalism for a 2016 confrontation with a 71-year-old Latino man after he kicked the man’s door, and kicked a window out of his camper shell over a traffic dispute.

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