Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies arrested James Michael Inglimo on March 21 after he allegedly committed a hate crime by attempting to run over a man with a utility truck.
Deputies responded to reports of battery at a motel on the 5500 block of Carpinteria Avenue at approximately 11:53 a.m. According to an SBC Sheriff’s Office press release, Inglimo allegedly kicked the 36-year-old victim in the groin and tried to run him over with a utility vehicle.
The victim jumped out of the vehicle’s path to narrowly avoid getting hit. Officers arrested Inglimo in his truck on a neighboring property shortly after.
According to the press release, the victim initially met with Inglimo three weeks before the incident after answering an online ad for a roommate. Following the meeting, Inglimo allegedly began sending the victim threatening text messages containing homophobic slurs.
Deputies booked Inglimo into the Santa Barbara County Jail on $50,000 bail for felony assault with a deadly weapon, misdemeanor battery and felony interference with civil rights.