MESA, Ariz. — Authorities say a gang member is in custody for allegedly
hitting a man on the head with a beer bottle while yelling racial slurs at a
Bond was set at $10,000 for 28-year-old Joseph David Burgoyne at his initial
court appearance Monday.
He was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of aggravated assault and gang
Mesa police say Burgoyne is a documented member of a “criminal street gang
with white supremacist ideologies.”
Authorities say Burgoyne is accused of yelling racial slurs at a black man at a
bar in Mesa before assaulting the victim with a beer bottle.
Witnesses say Burgoyne continued to yell racial slurs until he left the
Police say the incident is being investigated as a hate crime.
Burgoyne doesn’t have a lawyer yet.