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May 23, 2019: CORRECTION: Long Beach Man Pleads Not Guilty to Assault, Violation of Civil Rights

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CORRECTION: Corrects two counts of assault with a deadly weapon to one count of assault with a deadly weapon. Adds one count of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and a gang allegation. Also adds the bail amount.

An 18-year-old Long Beach man was charged today with alleged assault and violation of civil rights, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Bryan Blancas (dob 9/8/00) pleaded not guilty in case NA111991 to two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of violation of civil rights, one count of dissuading a witness by force or threat and one count of battery. A pre-hearing conference is scheduled June 3 in Department S01 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Long Beach Branch.

On May 15, Blancas and his friends allegedly confronted a 17-year-old African American teen. When the victim attempted to flee, Blancas is accused of knocking the victim to the ground and punching and kicking him multiple times in the head, face and torso, according to prosecutors.

Blancas was arrested May 21 in Long Beach. If convicted as charged, he faces a possible maximum sentence of life plus 17 years in state prison.

The case was investigated by the Long Beach Police Department.