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San Luis Obispo man denies hate crime allegations

Posted at 10:33 AM, Jul 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-29 14:48:10-04

The San Luis Obispo man facing hate crime charges was back in court Monday morning for the second time since his arrest last month.

Richard Orcutt pleaded not guilty to all charges.

<figcaption class="wp-caption-text" id="caption-attachment-207072">Richard Orcutt appears in a San Luis Obispo courtroom. (KSBY photo)

 

He was charged earlier this month with 10 felonies, including 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.

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 Aug. 20.