PD: Gang member arrested, hate crime probed

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Joseph Burgoyne (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Joseph Burgoyne (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

An alleged street gang member has been arrested for yelling racial slurs at a black man at a Mesa bar before assaulting the victim with a beer bottle, police said. 

Joseph David Burgoyne, 28, was taken into custody early Saturday at the Denim and Diamonds Bar at 7336 E. Main St.

Burgoyne was booked into jail on charges of aggravated assault and gang crimes. Police said they are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

A court document said the victim told police he heard Burgoyne shout "white power" and then a racial slur. The victim confronted Burgoyne, who hit him in the head with the beer bottle, police said.

After Burgoyne was escorted out of the bar, he took off his shirt revealing his tattoos and continued to utter racial slurs, court paperwork stated.

During questioning, police said they observed the initials CWB tattooed on his chin, the probable cause statement indicated. Burgoyne told detectives it stands for "crazy white boy," which is a documented criminal street gang with white supremacist ideologies, according to court paperwork.

Police said Burgoyne is a criminal street gang member.

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