The dramatic saga of the Lunada Bay Boys continues, as the group's reputation of using threats and violence to keep outsiders from surfing Lunada Bay in Palos Verdes Estates is being used as evidence in a separate hate crime lawsuit. The hate crime accusations followed a class-action lawsuit filed against the Bay Boys last year.
One year ago, on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, Palos Verdes liquor store owner Shuja Oberoi was beaten behind his store's counter by two teens wielding baseball bats and wearing Halloween costumes while another boy stood as a lookout. Oberoi was left with a broken arm and head injuries. His attackers were arrested a few days later and charged with robbery and assault, and subsequently sentenced to time in a camp. The teen who stood watch during the robbery was then named in the class-action suit filed against the Bay Boys two months later.
Oberoi, who is Pakistani, filed a hate crime lawsuit against the boys and their parents, arguing he was targeted on the 9/11 anniversary because he is Muslim. Initially, the Palos Verdes Estates police found no evidence that the attack was motivated by race or religion, however Oberoi's attorney is using the Bay Boys' reputation as evidence. According to the suit, the boy also named in the Bay Boys suit lacked proper guidance and parental supervision, and that his entire family plays a prominent role in the surfing group; namely partaking in the group's alleged illegal activities. Additionally, the suit claims the boy's parents knew their son had a history of drug dealing, assault, and property crime.
The suit also includes allegations against the parents of the other two boys involved in the attack, including claims that the father of one displays a Confederate flag at his home and regularly uses racially derogatory terms in his son's presence. An attorney defending the three boys and their parents claims the robbery was not a hate crime and that its occurrence on September 11th is merely a coincidence, and that the hate crime suit is a scheme for a big payout.
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