Two charged with federal hate crime

Posted: Monday, December 21, 2009

ANCHORAGE - A federal grand jury has indicted two Anchorage residents on federal hate crime charges after they allegedly attacked an Alaska Native man and posted video of it on the Internet.

U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler on Friday said a grand jury returned an indictment against Robert Gum and Deanna Scaglione, who also goes by the name of Deanna Powers. They are accused of threatening, intimidating and interfering with an Alaska Native man because of his race.

They allegedly attacked a man in July, throwing water bottles and eggs at him while screaming racial slurs. The man did not fight back and at one point tried to shake the hands of his attackers. Video of the assault was posted on the Web site but has since been removed.

Gum and Scaglione also face misdemeanor assault charges filed by the state.

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