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Updated Aug 18, 2014 - 3:54 pm

Police: Gang member arrested for beer bottle assault in Mesa bar

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
Mesa bar.

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.


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