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Gang member arrested after assault at a Mesa bar

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Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 9:50 am

Authorities say a gang member is in custody for allegedly hitting a man on the head with a beer bottle while yelling racial slurs at a Mesa bar.

Bond was set at $10,000 for 28-year-old Joseph David Burgoyne at his initial court appearance Monday.

He was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of aggravated assault and gang crimes.

Mesa police say Burgoyne is a documented member of a "criminal street gang with white supremacist ideologies."

Authorities say Burgoyne is accused of yelling racial slurs at a black man at a bar in Mesa before assaulting the victim with a beer bottle.

Witnesses say Burgoyne continued to yell racial slurs until he left the property.

Police say the incident is being investigated as a hate crime.

Burgoyne doesn't have a lawyer yet.

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