A 25-year-old Anaheim man faces assault and hate crime charges in connection with two violent attacks on women in Orange County, prosecutors said Tuesday.
According to the Orange County Attorney’s Office, Johnny Deven Young posted videos on his YouTube channel showing him sexually harassing and pepper spraying four women in two separate assaults. A man who attempted to intervene in one of the alleged assaults was also injured.
Prosecutors said Young is a self-proclaimed “incel,” a portmanteau of “involuntary celibates,” an online subculture of disgruntled men who hold misogynistic views and express sexual frustrations at their inability to attract women.
As videos began circulating on social media, the Costa Mesa Police Department identified Young as a suspect in the Orange County attacks.
At the time, Young was arrested and convicted of stealing information in San Mateo County. He was then transferred to the Orange County Jail.
In the Orange County attacks, Young was charged four times with aggravated assault, four with illegal use of tear gas, four with deadly weapons, and five with civil rights violations.
Prosecutors are looking at hate crime improvements that could extend Young’s sentence. If convicted, he faces up to 13 years in prison.
“No one should live in fear of being randomly attacked because of their gender and then publicly humiliated online,” Orange County Dist said. atty Todd Spitzer said in a statement Tuesday. “This behavior is disgusting and the celebration of this behavior by peers is totally unacceptable. These charges send a very strong message to the entire community that we will not tolerate violence against women in any form.”
Young’s bail was set at $500,000. His arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 10 at the Orange County Superior Court’s Central Justice Center in Santa Ana.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-09-27/orange-county-incel-charged-hate-crimes-attacks-on-women ‘Incel’ charged with hate crimes in attacks on women in Orange County