Self-proclaimed “Incel” Johnny Deven Young has been charged with pepper spraying women during hate attacks in Costa Mesa

SANTA ANA, Calif. (CNS) — A 25-year-old Anaheim man and self-described “Incel” is set to face multiple hate crime charges next month for allegedly pepper-spraying three women and a man in Costa Mesa, prosecutors said Tuesday.

According to court documents, Johnny Deven Young was charged on May 4 with two separate assaults on November 21, 2021 and April 17 of this year. He was arrested in San Mateo County on Sept. 5 and made his court appearance Monday, according to the Orange County Attorney’s Office.

Young is charged with four counts of violent attacks that could result in serious bodily harm, four counts of illegal use of tear gas, all felonies and four misdemeanor civil rights violations. He also faces increased sentences for hate crimes and personal use of a deadly weapon.

If convicted at trial, Young faces up to 13 years in prison. He has already been convicted of hate crimes in Nevada, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors said Young is a self-proclaimed “incel,” a member of an online community of men who describe themselves as involuntarily celibate and express their anger at women.

Prosecutors said the male victim tried to stop one of Young’s alleged attacks after multiple videos showing the attacks were circulated on YouTube.

“No one should live in fear of being randomly assaulted and then publicly humiliated online because of their gender,” Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said. “This behavior is disgusting and it is totally unacceptable to celebrate this behavior by like-minded people. These allegations send a very strong message to the entire community that we will not tolerate violence against women in any form.”

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