Crime

Two men are charged with hate crimes after a dispute on the street turns bloody

From left, Jonathan Kennedy and Jodan Peck
From left, Jonathan Kennedy and Jodan Peck

Two Goshen men accused of stabbing an African-American man have been charged with attempted murder and participating in a hate crime, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department said.

About 4 p.m. Sunday, deputies went to a neighborhood at Avenue 310 and Farr Road to check on a call of a disturbance.

They found a 60-year-old African American man in the street who had been stabbed. The victim, a Goshen resident, was taken to a hospital for treatment. His name and condition were not released.

Deputies asked witnesses what happened and then arrested two men standing in the front yard of a nearby home. They were identified as Jodan Peck, 39, and Jonathan Hadden Kennedy, 25.

Families of the victim and the men under arrest have a history of not getting along, said Tulare County sheriff’s Lt. Duane Cornett. Investigators learned that Peck and Kennedy used racial slurs during the confrontation, he said.

They were booked into the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility on suspicion of attempted murder. Tuesday, the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office added hate crime charges.

Kennedy has a felony record and could get additional time in prison if convicted, documents show. Information about how often hate crimes are charged in Tulare County was not immediately available.

Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at 800-808-0488. Information can be reported anonymously at 559-725-4195 or by email at tcso@tipnow.net, or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones.

Lewis Griswold: 559-441-6104, @fb_LewGriswold

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