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Arrest for noose hung outside gay rights office

Police say a transient parolee was arrested on suspicion of a hate crime for hanging a noose in the doorway of a California gay rights organization in October.

Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said that 45-year-old Marten Joseph Brandel was arrested when he showed up for a scheduled parole appointment in Irvine.

Bertagna told the Orange County Register detectives linked Brandel to the noose by DNA, but it took months to find him.

The black noose was found hanging in the doorway at the Santa Ana office of Equality California in October.  

Brandel was being held without bail because he’s on parole for assaulting a police officer and drug violations.

– from AP and WiG Reports

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