February 10, 2012 in City

Three brothers accused of hate-crime assaults

Man faces felonies; boys also charged
By The Spokesman-Review
 

A 19-year-old man and his two brothers have been charged with hate crimes for allegedly attacking people because of their race.

Deven James-Allen Hood is accused of smashing car windows and beating people Jan. 20 in what police allege was a hate-fueled drive through Spokane.

He is wanted on a $100,000 warrant for 10 felony charges filed Monday in Spokane County Superior Court.

Police say Hood threw something at a truck driving through the intersection of West Wellesley Avenue and North Cedar Street early Jan. 20, then punched the driver, Anthony Martinez, when Martinez got out to confront Hood about 1 a.m. Martinez said his assailant repeatedly called him a derogatory term for Hispanic people.

Then at 1:46 a.m., a woman, Jaylean Tayloe, went outside her home at 4727 N. Cedar St. to confront two men she believed were attempting to steal a truck, according to court documents.

The men, later identified as Hood and his 15-year-old brother, attacked her, according to court documents.

Two men, Dumar Jones-White and Sean Michels, pursued Tayloe’s attackers, only to be attacked by Deven Hood as his younger brother yelled racial epithets, records say. Hood’s other brother, Jeaun Don Hood, 17, also participated in the beating, police allege.

Deven Hood stole the truck, and his youngest brother followed Michels and Jones-White back to a home on Cedar while yelling racial epithets about black people, documents allege.

Police caught the 15-year-old as he tried to run from a home on the 5400 block of North Adams Street. Deven and Jeaun Hood were found hiding on a bed inside the home.

The Hoods were booked into jail Jan. 20 but later released because no charges were filed.

Prosecutors on Monday charged Deven Hood with two counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of malicious harassment (a hate crime), four counts of second-degree assault, and single counts of third-degree malicious mischief and attempted first-degree robbery.

Jeaun Hood was booked into jail early Tuesday on a $100,000 warrant for two counts of second-degree assault and single counts of malicious harassment and first-degree robbery.

Their 15-year-old brother is charged in juvenile court.  


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