By Scott Alonso, Public Information Officer, Office of the District Attorney, Contra Costa County
Earlier this week, defendant Ross Farca was held to answer on multiple felony counts, including a hate crime enhancement and threat against the primary investigating officer. Due to the public safety risks posed by Farca, Hon. Judge Nancy Stark ordered Farca’s bail forfeited and that he will remain in custody at no bail. (See related article)
The Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office initially filed a criminal complaint against Farca in June 2019 for online threats he made against the Jewish on the gaming platform Steam. With notification from the FBI, the Concord Police Department executed a search warrant predicated upon Farca’s IP address. During the search of Farca’s residence, a fully automatic assault weapon was in his possession.
Two weeks ago, while the ongoing preliminary hearing was in recess, Farca allegedly threatened to kill a Concord Police Department detective during a federal probation search of Farca’s new residence. Predicated upon that threat, additional charges were subsequently filed and presented when the preliminary hearing resumed.
Overall, during the preliminary hearing, evidence presented demonstrated Farca was targeting the Jewish community with his threats, and that Farca had a strong affinity and connection to mass shootings targeting places of worship. Such evidence sufficiently established that the conduct warranted a hate crime enhancement.
Farca will be arraigned on November 10.
Case information: People v. Ross Anthony Farca, Docket Number 01-190-284-0
In addition, Farca was charged in November 2019 by the U.S. Attorney with making false statements to gain admittance into the military. (See related article)
Allen Payton contributed to this report.