‘Incel’, accused of pepper spraying women in Costa Mesa, arrested, makes first court appearance
A self-proclaimed ‘incel’ – an unwitting celebrity – charged with felony hate crimes after he allegedly posted a video of himself sexually harassing and pepper spraying women in Costa Mesa was due to make his first court appearance on Monday, following his arrest five days earlier.
Johnny Deven Young, 25, was to be arraigned Monday on multiple charges of assault and felony weapons with enhancements for the commission of alleged hate crimes, in addition to two misdemeanor counts of rights violations civilians of a person. He had been wanted by the police for months until his arrest on September 21.
Authorities believe the accused assaulted or harassed six people in three separate incidents. On Nov. 21, Young allegedly approached a woman and a man near a bar in the Triangle Square mall as they tried to help another fallen friend, Costa Mesa police said. The defendant was charged with making lewd comments and asking to see the woman’s genitals, then spraying her and the man, who tried to arrest Young, with a chemical agent.
Authorities later became aware of footage allegedly posted to social media by Young in April showing two other altercations he had with women in the same area. In one, the person filming the video approaches a tearful woman as she crosses a parking lot. He asks if he can “hook up” with her almost immediately after she tells him her car was just stolen. After rejecting his advances, the person holding the camera comments on his genitals and swears.
In the second incident of the video, the man recording it describes his penis to a group of women sitting on a bench. One of them kicks him, tells him to go away, and throws an object at him. The man then pepper sprayed her and a woman standing behind her, as well as another who tried to stop him as he ran away.
Young remained in custody at Theo Lacy Jail in lieu of $2.75 million bond as of Monday. It was not immediately clear from online records whether a lawyer had been appointed to defend him.
Young’s last known city of residence was Las Vegas. Police arrested him and another man on suspicion of making false threats during an act of terrorism in August 2019. Both men were charged with shouting ‘white power’ and d saying they were going to “shoot the spot” shortly before they left. were kicked out of the XS Club at Encore, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
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