Hate crime charges dropped in battery case

A 20-year-old Pacifica woman who allegedly threw fruit and vegetables at a gay couple in March, which prosecutors at the time described as a hate crime, pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor battery charges.

Tiffany Adler agreed to a plea deal after prosecutors dropped hate crime charges, which they felt would have been difficult to prove at trial, Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Prosecutors said on the evening of March 4, Adler, a former grocery store worker, allegedly rolled down her window and threw apples and vegetables out of a van at a male gay couple driving on the 500 block of Esplanade Drive in Pacifica, police said. The van later turned around and approached the couple again as she allegedly yelled a derogatory word.

At least some of what was thrown hit the couple and asparagus was later found in her purse, according to police. Adler was arrested for a misdemeanor hate crime and battery shortly after the incident.

Adler was given 18 months probation and ordered to stay away from the victims.

Adler’s brother, Julian, 20, also had a recent run-in with the law. He was one of three suspects in the case of vandalism at Oceana High School on April 24, in which racist statements were sprayed on the outer walls of a gym. Part of the gym was set on fire.

Charges against Julian Adler were dropped because of insufficient evidence. The other two suspects, Robert Polk and Daniel Walsh, will be in court Wednesday to face vandalism and arson charges.

bfoley@examiner.com

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