Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 12 / 22 March 2018

Jury acquits SF man accused of making anti-gay threats

A jury found a San Francisco man who’d been accused of threatening to kill a married male couple while calling them “faggots” not guilty of a hate crime this week.

Maurice G. Carrillo, 38, had been charged with a misdemeanor count of making criminal threats, with a hate crime allegation, along with two misdemeanor counts of violating the victim’s civil rights based on their sexual orientation. The jury found Carrillo not guilty on all counts Thursday, May 24.

According to San Francisco Superior Court records, the charges stemmed from an incident that started at 11:45 p.m. on August 30, 2011.

One of the alleged victims, William R., 53, testified this week that Carrillo approached him and his husband, Alan R., 48, as they were walking their dog near Carrillo’s home and said, “I’m going to kill you, faggots. I’m going to mess you up. I’m going to shoot you. I’m going to kill your faggot partner, and I’m going to kill your faggot dog,” according to Alex Bastian, a spokesman for the San Francisco District Attorney’s office.

Witness testimony also indicated that while referring to the victims Carrillo said, “Fuck those white faggots,” Bastian said. He said that Alan R. testified that the incident “was the most frightened he’s ever been in his entire life.”

The men lived near Carrillo on San Jose Avenue, in the Ingleside neighborhood, at the time of the encounter, but they moved away about a month later, according to court records.

The Bay Area Reporter is not disclosing the couple’s full names because they’re victims of an alleged hate crime.

Court records show additional details of the case.

On August 31, the day after the incident, Alan R. filed a request for orders to stop harassment. He reported Carrillo’s alleged comments and wrote, “William and I feel very scared for our safety. I feel Maurice’s action could escalate into an actual physical assault. At the time of the verbal threats, Maurice was confrontational and followed William and I.”

According to the transcript from a September hearing where the couple received a restraining order against Carrillo, he told a judge that on the night he’d allegedly threatened the couple, he’d been drunk and arguing with his girlfriend outside his house.

“There was no reason why they needed to come out that time of night and walk in front of me,” Carrillo said of the couple, the transcript shows. “I never said I’d kill them. I probably said, ‘I’ll kick your ass.’ That’s about as far as it went.”

In court records, William R. stated the he and Alan R. had had problems with Carrillo and his family before, including a 2007 instance in which Carrillo’s father had yelled comments about the couple’s “faggot dog.”

Bastian said no weapons were involved in the August 2011 incident and Carrillo didn’t make physical contact with the couple. San Francisco police arrested Carrillo the night of the encounter, court records show, but he was out of custody at the time of trial.

It’s not clear how the jury reached its conclusion, but Bastian said crimes are often underreported, and “Regardless of the outcome of any jury trial, we would always encourage the public in general to report any crimes.”

Carrillo and San Francisco Deputy Public Defender Prithika Balakrishnan, who represented him, didn’t respond to interview requests. William R. declined to comment on the case, and Alan R. didn’t respond to interview requests.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, May 26, 2012 @ 4:26 pm PST
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