‘Incel’ hate crime suspect faces charges in California related to YouTube videos

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A 25-year-old man convicted of a Nevada hate crime is facing a slate of felony charges in California after being apprehended in September.

Johnny Deven Young, a self-proclaimed ‘incel’, faces a maximum sentence of 13 years in prison after evading authorities since May, when authorities in Costa Mesa, Calif., said he could be heading to Las Vegas or San Diego in a green-striped Chevy cargo van — which he dubbed his “rape van,” according to CBS News in Los Angeles.

Johnny Young is known for driving a Chevy van with a green stripe. A report in California says Young calls it his “rape van.” (Photo: Costa Mesa Police Department)

Videos of Young’s actions circulated on social media, showing him sexually harassing and pepper spraying women after confronting them outside bars and using foul language, according to the Costa Mesa Police Department. .

“An incel – meaning involuntarily celibate is a member of an online community of men who display their sexual frustrations by expressing their misogynistic views against women,” according to a press release from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. announcing his arrest.

Johnny Young. (Costa Mesa, CA, Police Department)

The prosecutor’s office said Young posted the videos on his YouTube channel. No information on where Young was apprehended has been released.

He was due to be arraigned this week in Orange County on the following charges:

  • Four counts of assault causing grievous bodily harm
  • Four counts of unlawful use of tear gas
  • Four crime upgrades for personal use of a deadly weapon
  • Improvements to eight hate crimes
  • Five counts of civil rights violation

Young was transferred to Orange County after being convicted of a misdemeanor in San Mateo County in mid-September. He was initially described as a resident of Las Vegas, but California authorities say he lives in Anaheim.

“No one should have to live in fear of being indiscriminately attacked and then publicly humiliated on the internet because of their gender,” Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said.

“This behavior is disgusting and the celebration of this behavior by like-minded people is totally unacceptable. These accusations send a very strong message to this entire community that we will not tolerate any form of violence against women,” Spitzer said.

Shirley K. Rosa