Two women who had encounters with a man wanted for harassing and, in some cases, pepper spraying, victims in Costa Mesa spoke to KTLA about their experiences.
Johnny Deven Young, a 25-year-old bystander, has been linked to at least two assault incidents during which he recorded videos and posted the encounters on social media.
Jessica and her two friends were waiting for an Uber outside Time Nightclub in Costa Mesa in April when she said a man later identified as Young approached them and started saying vulgar things.
She says that he asked to see their “private parts” and if they wanted to see theirs.
After several minutes, Jessica said that her friend tried to fight him off.
Video posted on social media of Young shows him pepper-spraying victims.
“You can’t describe the pain, it was horrible,” Jessica said of the chemical.
She said she couldn’t see after the attack and that’s when Young apparently ran away.
Emily said she also had an encounter with Young last November, when she and her friends were leaving a tavern in Costa Mesa. Young was with a second person, and this time the camera was visible.
“I just saw him on camera and when he got in my face with it. I thought it was a joke and I was just doing something, whether it was for influence on the internet or just as a weird social experiment,” Emily told KTLA.
Young’s comments towards her intensified, causing her to cry. Emily said Young then pepper-sprayed her friend when she tried to intervene.
Young is wanted on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, a hate crime and firing tear gas, police said.
Authorities said he has multiple social media sites where he identifies himself as an incel or involuntary celibate.
He is believed to be a transient, staying with friends or living in his van, with connections to Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties. His last known address was in Las Vegas.
He drives a white and green Chevrolet cargo van that has no license plates, and is described as being 6 feet tall and 180 to 190 pounds with long blonde hair. Police say he may have someone with him.
Anyone with additional information about Young or incidents involving him can contact Detective Erik Fricke at 714-754-4908 or [email protected], or Sgt. Jose Morales at 714-754-4933.
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