A 26-year-old Mountain View man was arrested Wednesday evening for a hate crime, police say, after he allegedly yelled a racial slur at an African-American couple and proceeded to throw a beer container and punches at the male victim.
Police responded to a 911 call about a fight at the 1900 block of California Street at 7:22 p.m. The two victims, a 20-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman, were standing outside of an apartment complex when suspect Humberto Pineda, a resident of the apartment complex, drove up in a purple van.
Police say that Pineda jumped out of the van, smashed a beer bottle on the ground and shouted a racial slur at the couple, both of whom ran to a friend's door in the complex. Pineda allegedly threw a beer can at the male victim and missed. Police say Pineda punched the male victim the face, at which point the male victim fought back in defense. Neighbors came out to break up the fight and the victim's girlfriend called 911.
Though police say Pineda fled the scene, a patrolling officer saw him pull his van back into the parking lot later that evening at 9:49 p.m. Pineda was approached by the officer and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and had a suspended driver's license, police say. The victims identified him as the suspect and he was arrested without incident.
Pineda was charged with a hate crime, assault with a deadly weapon, battery, driving while under the influence, driving on a suspended driver's license and violating his probation terms for a previous incident of driving under the influence. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.