LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A former University of La Verne student was set to appear in court Tuesday on felony charges for allegedly fabricating a hate crime on campus last year.

Police say Anayeli Dominguez Peña, 25, of Ontario, was behind a series of reported threats against members of a student group at ULV in Feb. 2019, which escalated to the point of classes being cancelled.

Anayeli Dominguez Peña (Photo via La Verne PD)

Investigators with the La Verne Police Department looked into what they say were nine additional incidents beyond the initial reported threat, including the discovery of a “backpack emitting smoke” inside an unlocked vehicle in a dormitory parking lot.

Police say most of the threats were delivered via email or text message and were directed at ULV, student activist group Decolonize ULV, and Peña herself.

Prosecutors say Peña reported the false threats to police and applied for victim compensation from the California Victim Compensation Board.

Investigators presented the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing of criminal charges, including one felony count each of criminal threats and perjury by declaration as well as six misdemeanor counts of false report of a criminal offense and one misdemeanor count of internet/electronic impersonation.

Bail was set at $136,000. Peña is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Superior Court.

If convicted on all charges, she faces up to eight years in state prison.

Comments (8)
  1. Notgivingmyname says:

    If we live in a society that is so racist to people of color and hispanics, then why do they always have to make up the crimes? The fact that everyone immediately believes them, and that these hate hoaxes keep happening is evidence that society is racist to white people.

  2. Retsnom says:

    Where is the video news updating this story or will it remain buried on their web page instead so they can feel as if they still reported the updated story?

  3. Jack Klompus says:

    Instead of going to jail she’ll get offered a job in the office of “diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

  4. Edgar Ethelred says:

    Hate crime hoaxes are like 10 to 1 actual hate crimes against minorities. Are people finally waking up to the fact “Hate Crimes” are a weapon used against white people only?

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