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Police: Gang member arrested for beer bottle assault in Mesa bar

MESA, Ariz. -- Authorities say a gang member is in custody for allegedly hitting a man on the head with a beer bottle while yelling racial slurs at a Mesa bar.

Bond was set at $10,000 for 28-year-old Joseph David Burgoyne at his initial court appearance Monday.

He was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of aggravated assault and gang crimes.

Mesa police say Burgoyne is a documented member of a ``criminal street gang with white supremacist ideologies.''

Authorities say Burgoyne is accused of yelling racial slurs at a black man at a bar in Mesa before assaulting the victim with a beer bottle.

Witnesses say Burgoyne continued to yell racial slurs until he left the property.

Police say the incident is being investigated as a hate crime.

Burgoyne doesn't have a lawyer yet.

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