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SLO man facing hate crimes used Hallmark cards to send threats

Posted at 10:00 PM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 01:57:24-04


Hallmark cards with American flags on the front are believed to have been used by a man who threatened to shoot minorities moving into his San Luis Obispo neighborhood, police say.

The latest development in the case involving Richard Orcutt, who neighbors called a “ticking time bomb,” was released Tuesday by San Luis Obispo police.

One of the cards police believe was sent by Richard Orcutt. (SLOPD photo)


Detectives say they believe the 62-year-old sent the cards to property management companies, property owners and possibly even renters along his street – Cavalier Lane.

The cards “contained threatening language to shoot people of minority descent,” police said, and did not contain any information on who sent them.

The back of a Hallmark card police believe was sent by Richard Orcutt. (SLOPD photo)


Anyone who received one of the letters or knows anyone who did is asked to contact San Luis Obispo police.

Orcutt was arrested early Saturday morning after a search warrant was served at his home where detectives say several handguns, rifles, shotguns, and thousands of rounds of ammunition were found.

Guns and ammunitions found at Richard Orcutt's home, police say. (SLOPD photo)
Guns and ammunitions found at Richard Orcutt’s home, police say. (SLOPD photo)


Orcutt faces three felony charges, including hate crimes.

Richard Orcutt
Richard Orcutt


He posted bail, which was set at $500,000, Sunday afternoon and is currently out of custody, according to police.

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