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FBI provides assistance with San Luis Obispo hate crime case

Posted at 11:36 AM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 03:10:58-05

The FBI is assisting with the case involving a San Luis Obispo man accused of hate crimes.

Richard Orcutt was charged last year 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 began last summer after detectives said they believed 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.

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s office says the FBI has helped with handwriting analysis in the case against Orcutt, who was arrested June 29 after a search warrant was served at his home.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges and is currently out of custody.