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Hate crime-related charges filed against San Luis Obispo man

Posted: 4:38 PM, Jul 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-16 19:45:15-04

Hate crime-related charges have been filed against the San Luis Obispo man police say threatened to shoot minorities moving into his San Luis Obispo neighborhood.

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office filed the 10 felony charges, which include threatening to commit a crime of violence, attempted threat of violence, two charges for possession of an assault rifle and an enhancement for hate crimes, against Richard Orcutt on Friday.

He was arraigned on Monday but has not entered a plea.

The investigation into the 62-year-old began last month after detectives say they believe Orcutt sent Hallmark cards with American flags on the front to property management companies, property owners and possibly even renters along Cavalier Lane where he lives in San Luis Obispo.

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

Orcutt was arrested June 29 after a search warrant was served at his home where detectives say several handguns, rifles, shotguns, and thousands of rounds of ammunition were found.

He posted bail, which was set at $500,000, shortly after his arrest and is currently out of custody, according to police.

Orcutt is due back in court July 29.