San Rafael Man Pleads Not Guilty to Discharging Pepper Spray at Islamic Center

San Rafael Man Pleads Not Guilty to Discharging Pepper Spray at Islamic Center

San Rafael resident David Jonathan Margoliash, 48, entered a plea of not guilty on Monday in response to charges of discharging pepper spray at the Islamic Center of North Marin. The incident occurred during a service on March 11, coinciding with the first day of the Ramadan holiday. Margoliash allegedly fired tear gas at a witness who approached him, suspecting he carried a firearm in his bag, according to the Novato Police Department.

The Marin County District Attorney’s Office has charged Margoliash with unlawfully using tear gas, being a convicted felon in possession of tear gas, and displaying an imitation firearm in a public place. However, the police department did not find evidence to support a hate crime allegation.

During the arraignment held before Judge Kelly Simmons, the defense requested Margoliash’s release from custody, which was declined. The next hearing is scheduled for March 28. Public defender Meredith McGuire and prosecutor Annie Laurie Abriel refrained from commenting on the case.

Court records reveal that Margoliash previously pleaded guilty in 2019 to committing two felony acts of vandalism at homes in Bolinas. As a result, he was placed on probation for three years and ordered to comply with a mental health worker.

The incident at the Islamic Center of North Marin has raised concerns within the community. However, it is important to note that the investigation has not indicated any connection to a hate crime at this time.

Author: CrimeDoor

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