The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says their investigation into a February 6th incident in Oak Park has so far found no evidence it was a hate crime.
On Wednesday afternoon around 3:15 PM, two 12-year-old girls from Oak Park said they were battered by a group of 5-6 male and female juveniles ages 13-16 in a wooded area near Medea Creek Middle School and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the 6100 block of Doubletree Road.
Deputies learned that the two girls were involved in an argument with the other larger group of juveniles while they were all "hanging out" in that secluded location.
They said that after several "derogatory and inflammatory words" were exchanged between the two groups, the two female victims were battered by several members of the larger group.
The two 12-year-old girls suffered minor injuries according to the Sheriff's Department.
Investigators are aware of rumors that the incident may have been hate-related but deputies say that so far no evidence or information has been uncovered by their investigation to indicate that is true.
They also say they have not identified the suspects and the investigation is ongoing.
Deputies are asking anyone with information about the incident to call Senior Deputy John Chiaramonte at (805) 654-8216.