Hearing postponed in alleged hate attack | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Hearing postponed in alleged hate attack

Elaine Goodman

A preliminary hearing has been postponed for a South Lake Tahoe couple accused of attacking a man of East Indian descent in an alleged hate crime.

The hearing was to take place this afternoon, but was rescheduled after prosecutors modified the criminal charges against Joseph and Georgia Silva.

The Silvas are expected to appear in court briefly today, but their preliminary hearing will be postponed until Oct. 8, according to Peter O’Hara, El Dorado County deputy district attorney.

Both Georgia and Joseph Silva face a felony charge of assault likely to produce great bodily injury, with a hate crime enhancement.

Georgia Silva is also charged with two misdemeanor counts of using force or threats to interfere with another’s civil rights.

The incident took place on July 14 at El Dorado Beach, when the couple allegedly attacked a 37-year-old man from the Bay Area, called him derogatory names and spit on him.

The man was at the beach with his fiancée and the fiancée’s female cousin, authorities said.

The women, both of East Indian descent, “were called racial and sexually explicit names” by the Silvas, South Lake Tahoe police reported.

When the man approached the Silvas, he was “mocked in a false foreign accent, called racially based, derogatory names, and Georgia Silva began throwing sand at him,” police stated.

A police officer said that when the man went to call police, Georgia tackled him from behind, Joseph kicked him in the face and both Silvas spat on him.

The man received fractures to his face in the attack, according to the district attorney’s office.

The Silvas could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

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