Hate Crimes Charge Brought Against 2 People After Black California Family’s Home Hit with Molotov Cocktails and Graffiti

Roy Charles Sorvari and Christyne Gail McDaniel (Antioch Police Department)
Roy Charles Sorvari and Christyne Gail McDaniel (Antioch Police Department)

In a crime that shocked a California Delta community, a man and woman were charged with hate crimes Tuesday in connection with launching Molotov cocktails into the home of a black family in Antioch and spray-painting the residence with a swastika and racial slurs, police said.

Roy Charles Sorvari, 27, of Antioch and Christyne Gail McDaniel, 25, of Brentwood face charges of arson and conspiracy to commit murder, mayhem, torture and assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Antioch Police Department. Sorvari and McDaniel were also charged with hate crime enhancements. They have each been ordered held on more than $1 million bail.

The attack “sent shockwaves in the city of Antioch,” Police Chief Allan Cantando said at news conference Tuesday.

Cantando said the pair were motivated by a dispute between one of McDaniel’s relatives and a resident of the home. Details about the dispute were not released.

“That was the only reason this resident was targeted, and it was not a random incident,” he said.

The attack occurred shortly after 3 a.m. on Sept. 7, when up to three Molotov cocktails where thrown at the home in the 5100 block of McCormick Court, starting a fire and blocking some exits.

Flames spread to the home’s roof and nearby bushes, police said.

A large swastika and racial slur were scrawled in blue spray paint on the front of the home.

Three adults and four children were able to escape the home without injury, KPIX-TV reported. Home surveillance cameras recorded the attack and video evidence was turned over to police.


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Source: The Los Angeles Times | Veronica Rocha