A 23-year-old Costa Mesa man was charged Friday with attacking a transgender woman with his skateboard.
Johnny Santos Moreno was charged single felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon, violation of civil rights with violent injury and dissuading a witness by force. He also faces a sentence-enhancing hate crime allegation.
Moreno, who’s being held on $25,000 bail, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in the jail courtroom in Santa Ana and was ordered to return to court March 26 for a pretrial hearing in the North Justice Center in Fullerton.
He is accused of using an anti-gay slur at the victim before repeatedly hitting her with the skateboard, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. A driver passing by saw the attack and called police.
Moreno was also accused of threatening the witness who called police.