The 23-year-old Armenian-American is expected to enter a guilty plea to the felony charges in the coming weeks, a Department of Justice release said.
On the evening of Nov. 4, 2020 a group of six to eight males drove to the Cafe Istanbul restaurant located in Beverly Hills in the Los Angeles metro area, made pro-Armenia comments, destroyed property and physically attacked its employees.
According to the release, Stepanyan shouted anti-Turkish slurs, hurled chairs at the victims in the family-owned restaurant and threatened to kill them. He acted together with Harutyun Harry Chalikyan, 24, of Tujunga.
Chalikyan is scheduled to go on trial on Oct. 26. He has pleaded not guilty to one count of conspiracy and five hate crime charges.
Hurriyet Daily News