Oxnard man convicted of hate crimes for 2015 assault against transgender woman

VENTURA, Calif. - An Oxnard man has been found guilty of hate crimes against a transgender woman in Ventura County District Court.

Juan Navarro, 27, was convicted of criminal threats, brandishing a deadly weapon, possession of a concealed dagger, and battery against a person because of gender and sexual orientation.

On the morning of August 2, 2015, the victim, who was born male but identifies as female, was walking when she was approached by Navarro. Navarro had never met the victim but approached her and made unwanted sexual advances. The victim rejected Navarro's advances and upon realizing that she was biologically male, Navarro dragged the victim into an alley.

Navarro repeatedly threatened the victim’s life with a knife while using epithets directed at the victim’s gender and sexual orientation.

Navarro assaulted the victim by punching her in the face and repeatedly kicking her while she was on the ground.

The victim was eventually able to get away and call the police.

Navarro was located and arrested by Oxnard police officers. A 10-inch knife was found on his person.

Navarro will be sentenced on February 23. He faces a maximum possible sentence of 10 years and 4 months in state prison.

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