A man in Santa Ana, California has just pled guilty to hate crimes after harassing his gay roommates with a knife, pulling a gun on them and slashing the tires of a car belonging to one of the men.
40-year-old Joe Martin Rodriguez pled guilty to criminal threats and a misdemeanor hate crime following the July 4 altercation. At the time, Rodriguez became incensed when he incorrectly believed one of his roommates was using the bathroom. He began knocking on the bathroom door, yelling anti-gay slurs and brandishing a large and knife threatening to kill them. He then pulled a handgun on the two men.
The two gay roommates wisely alerted police as Rodriguez left and slashed the tires of one of the roommate’s car. Police later discovered Rodriguez driving around with a friend. When they pulled the car over, he attempted to escape. A police helicopter later located Rodriguez running on foot, and he was arrested.
With his guilty plea entered, Rodriguez now awaits sentencing early next year.