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A 29-year-old Lakewood man has been charged with making bomb threats against employees of the Small Business Administration due to his incapability to acquire COVID-19 emergency business loans.

📬: You got hate mail: According to the Attorney General's office, Christopher Joseph Antoun faces a maximum of five years in federal prison for allegedly authoring threatening emails to SBA employees.

  • In a 2020 email Antoun wrote, "IT GOES INTO MY BANK ACCOUNT TONIGHT OR I START BOMBING EVERY LOCATION OWNED BY THE SBA."

  • Antoun was trying to obtain an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, a loan program created due to the pandemic's economic fallout.

  • In the fall of 2021, Antoun sent another email threatening several SBA employees writing, "with my nice shiny bat" and "start beating the skulls of SBA staff in. Once the police or whoever it is eventually stops me, I'm [sic] going to go to jail."

  • The United States Department of Homeland Security's Federal Protective Service investigated this matter.




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A man accused of being involved in a shooting in Los Angeles led Long Beach police on a pursuit Monday afternoon is under arrest, officials say.

Details:

Long Beach Police told the Post that officers at about 2:00 p.m. noticed the suspect's vehicle on Alamitos Avenue and 17th street. At one point, an LBPD police car crashed into a mail truck during the pursuit that took police around multiple Long Beach neighborhoods.

  • The suspect left his car and ran into an apartment building near 10th Street and Almond Court; he was later detained along with several people.

  • What is next: The suspect was booked on charges ranging from evading police to a felony arrest warrant.

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A local business owner was caught on camera going on a homophobic tirade after being denied entry into a Long Beach restaurant for not wearing a face mask.

Tale of the tape:

According to the video, the obscenity-laced tirade happened outside of Beachwood Brewing in Downtown Long Beach. The man in the video identified himself as Rakesh Desai, owner of R-Bar, a bar located on 3rd Street near Pine Ave.

  • Mr. Desai said, "You guys think your hot shit cause you wanna wear a mask? You motherfuckers," and, "I am a local business owner too... [Do] you know what [is] better? You're an f--ot."

  • He then focuses his anger at a group of people, pointing and shouting, 'Your nothing' five times.

  • Desai is talking to an unnamed person inside Beachwood, saying, "We'll see you on the street someday," and then hollers, "she's a d--e, so whatever."

  • A supposably Beachwood employee told Mr. Desai, "You're a bar owner you should know... about the health guidelines we have to abide to. [Do] you think I like wearing a mask? I don't."

  • Brain Addison of Longbeachize took the video.

👉According to Desai's LinkedIn profile, he has been the 'Proprietor' of R-Bar for the past three years and owns a financial services business.

  • Addison says the video has since been reported on Twitter.



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