BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — A man suspected of tying a noose to a tree branch in Berkeley’s marina has been arrested and charged with a misdemeanor hate crime, police said.
A person who works at the marina saw the man, later identified as Jaime Robledo-Espino, 32, tying a noose with some rope Thursday morning, the East Bay Times reported Saturday.
When the employee confronted Robledo-Espino about the noose, he fastened it to a tree branch and fled the area, police said.
The employee took a picture of the suspect and provided to officers. He was arrested a short time later and booked for a misdemeanor terrorizing charge, which is considered a hate crime.
According to state law, anyone who hangs a noose, knowing it to be a symbol representing a threat to life, on a public park, among other locations, can face this charge.
Robledo-Espino was being held at Santa Rita Jail while awaiting his court arraignment on Monday.