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Local man assaults peacemaker during verbal altercation

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A 29-year-old man is being held on hate crime and assault charges following an incident at a Bellmead convenience store. The incident occurred Tuesday night at a store in the 3600 block of Bellmead Dr.

Police say two men were arguing when a third man approached them and attempted to break up the argument. The suspect, Juan Antonio Deluna, told the peacemaker to mind his own business.

The argument then got physical and Deluna is accused of yelling racial slurs at the victim. At one point the victim received an eye injury when Deluna slammed a car door on him.

When Bellmead police officers arrived to take Deluna into custody, he once again is accused of using racial slurs when speaking about the victim. Officers then added "hate crime" to the charges of aggravated assault.

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