Incident Summary:

07/03/2009: On Friday night at 2355, in Huntington Beach, California, United States, three men and a woman, Bret MacDonald Hicks, 30, of Riverside, Michael Aaron Powell, 21, of Anaheim, and Brian Charles Hanson, 27, stabbed a Latino man, Sergio Hernandez, three times, while yelling racial slurs at the victim, and then as the victim fell to the ground, the assailants punched and kicked the victim. Neighbors came to the rescue of the victim to break up the assault. The victim was hospitalized and released the next day. The assailants sustained bruises and cuts from the assault. No other injuries or casualties were reported. Authorities identified the four attackers as white supremacist based on their tattoos of power slogans and insignia and on 12/18/2009 they pleaded guilty to the charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and hate crime battery causing injury.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Huntington Beach

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Sergio Hernandez
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Melee Hands, Feet, Fists
Weapon Details
The victim was stabbed with a knife, punched and kicked in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
White supremacists/nationalists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 4
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 4
Annie Burris,"Not Guilty Pleas in Group Attack of Latino Man," Orange County Register, September 4, 2009.
One People Project,"Next on The White Power Chopping Block: Bret Hicks, Mike Powell, Brian Hanson, and Erin Brooks," (September 14, 2009).
Jon Cassidy,"Skinheads sentenced for stabbing Latino," (December 18, 2009).