A Costa Mesa man is scheduled to be arraigned May 4 on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon and one misdemeanor count of resisting a police officer. Anthony Tabarsi, a registered sex offender, is accused of pulling a knife on a man after shouting racial slurs at him Monday. Prosecutors enhanced the assault charge as a hate crime.
Police used a Taser to subdue Tabarsi, 41, around 8:30 p.m. Monday after he reportedly challenged a man to a fight at the Starbucks in the 2700 block of Harbor Boulevard, Sgt. Marty Carver said.
The Orange County district attorney's office alleges that the felony charge is Tabarsi's third strike, with previous strikes stemming from 1998 convictions for rape, penetration by foreign object and child molestation, according to officials. If convicted, he could be sent to prison for life.