California White Supremacist Charged With Hate Crime

  • February 23, 2005

A white supremacist from Modesto, California, has been charged with a hate crime for allegedly attacking a mailman of Indian decent in Ceres.

Shane Douglas Collins, 21, was arrested on February 9, 2005, after allegedly beating the 40-year-old mailman, who was on his delivery route.  Collins, whose body is covered with many Nazi tattoos, tried to flee the scene but was arrested shortly after in the act of stealing a bicycle, according to authorities.  

Collins is charged with felonious assault, resisting arrest and two counts of burglary.  The assault charge carries a hate-crime enhancement because police believe that Collins attacked the mailman because of his ethnicity.  He faces up to 11 years in prison if convicted. 

ADL issued a statement applauding the Ceres Police Department and the District Attorney's Office for planning to prosecute this heinous act as a hate crime.