Two Males Sentenced For Hate Crime At A Beverly Hills Turkish Eating place

Two males will serve time in federal jail after a 2020 hate crime the place they brought about injury to a Turkish eating place in Beverly Hills.

In October of 2021, William Stepanyan, 23, and Harutyun Harry Chalikyan, 24, pleaded accountable to at least one rely of conspiracy and one county of committing a hate crime.

Now Stepanyan will spend 5 years in federal jail, with Chalikyan sentenced to fifteen months in federal jail.

“Those defendants had been pushed through hate, and their movements had been deplorable,” United States Lawyer Tracy L. Wilkison stated. “The bodily accidents and emotional trauma to the sufferers can’t be understated. We are hoping that the sentences passed down lately will lend a hand vindicate the ones harms.”

The November 4, 2020 incident happened in the middle of the Nagorno-Karabakh struggle the place the Azerbaijani military, with support from Turkey, attacked Armenian forces in Artsakh.

Proof within the case discovered that Stepanyan, who’s Armenian-American, had despatched out a textual content the day of the incident, announcing he deliberate to move “attempting to find Turks.”

Later that night time, Stepanyan met with Chalikyan and each males entered the Cafe Instanbul eating place, yelling slurs, throwing chairs, overturning tables, “ripping out” laptop terminals and destroying a plexiglass barrier.

“That night, the defendants drove to the eating place with a gaggle of roughly 9 people who deliberate to reveal out of doors the status quo as a result of they thought to be it symbolic of Turkey,” The Division of Justice stated in a press liberate. “Upon arriving on the eating place, Stepanyan and Chalikyan stormed inside of, threw laborious picket chairs on the sufferers, smashed glassware, destroyed a plexiglass barrier, and overturned tables. Probably the most defendants requested the sufferers, ‘Are you Turkish?’ and shouted, ‘We got here to kill you! We can kill you!’”

There have been a couple of non-life threatening accidents on account of the incident and the boys pays $21,000 in restitution, on most sensible of the jail time.



Updated: March 9, 2022 — 11:49 pm