California man faces hate charges for alleged threat letters

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — California prosecutors have filed hate crime and weapons charges against a Central Coast man who allegedly sent letters threatening to shoot property managers and minorities who moved into his neighborhood.

San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Down announced Tuesday that 62-year-old Richard Vincent Orcutt faces 10 counts including communicating racially motivated criminal threats and unlawful possession of an assault weapon.

Authorities say a June 30 search of Orcutt's San Luis Obispo home turned up 37 firearms including handguns, rifles, shotguns, an assault weapon and a large amount of ammunition.

Orcutt is scheduled for arraignment on July 29 and remains free after posting a $500,000 bond.

It is unclear if he has an attorney. A telephone listing for Orcutt could not be located in San Luis Obispo.