The last of seven men charged with assaulting police officers during a street-racing gathering in South Los Angeles is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.
All seven defendants are facing two felony counts of assault upon a peace officer and one felony count each of resisting an officer and throwing an object at a vehicle with intent to cause great bodily injury. Six of the men pleaded not guilty at an earlier hearing and are scheduled for a preliminary hearing on July 24 to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed to trial.
Kylee Michael Carter, 21, is awaiting arraignment.
The other defendants are:
— Brian Douglas Dion, Jr., 21, of Gardena;
— Markie Dijion Gatewood, 21, of Los Angeles;
— Steven Hurtado, 18, of Paramount;
— Christopher Luis Ramirez, 21, of Chatsworth;
— Michael Robert Ramirez, 20, of Carson; and
— Davion Anthony Williams, 20.
On April 19, two Los Angeles Police Department officers witnessed a hit-and-run collision during a street-racing gathering at West Manchester and South Western avenues, according to Deputy District Attorney Philip Norris.
The officers pursued the suspect’s car but were forced to stop when the defendants allegedly blocked the patrol vehicle and members of a crowd of onlookers began throwing rocks and bottles at the patrol car, the prosecutor said. The hit-and-run suspect got away.
If convicted as charged, the defendants face up to seven years and eight months in prison.
The prosecutor plans to request that bail be set at $100,000 for Carter. A judge released Gatewood on his own recognizance and set bail of $10,000 for the other five defendants.