- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

RIALTO, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California man has been charged with a hate crime for allegedly attacking a stranger with a baseball bat because he wasn’t black - and the victim is fighting for his life.

The Los Angeles Times (https://lat.ms/1Fz1xTA ) says 22-year-old Jeremiah Bell was charged Wednesday with attempted murder and committing a hate crime. He remains jailed and it’s unclear whether he has an attorney.

San Bernardino County prosecutors say the Fontana man hit 54-year-old Armando Barron several times in the head with a bat Sunday afternoon in Rialto.

Police Sgt. Paul Stella says the attack was unprovoked. He tells the Times that Bell, who is black, was targeting anyone who wasn’t African-American.

Prosecutors say Barron is paralyzed and in a coma because of extensive brain injuries.



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