Riverside CA Jan 13 2020
A Riverside resident was arrested Friday, Jan. 10 after he made threats at a Riverside mosque and assaulted a security guard, police said.
Officers responded to the Islamic Center of Riverside at 1038 W. Linden Ave. about 1:40 p.m. There, a man identified as Christopher Paul Bonaminio, 40, made derogatory statements about Muslims, a news release said.
“When security attempted to get him to leave, the suspect threw a drink at the guard and tore down a banner,” the release said. Bonaminio was arrested nearby.
He was booked into Robert Presley Detention Center on suspicion of four misdemeanors: assault, violation of civil rights, vandalism in the court of violating civil rights and trespassing.
He was freed after posting $5,000 bail.
Bonaminio was charged in 2019 with violating civil rights by force, making criminal threats, brandishing a weapon and trespassing. Warrants were issued for his arrest when he failed to appear in court. Details of those cases were not available Saturday.
Christopher’s father, Joe, said Saturday, “Christopher is a 40-year-old male and is responsible for his own actions,” and declined additional comment.
Christopher Bonaminio is the older brother of Ryan Bonaminio, the Riverside police officer who was murdered in Fairmount Park in 2010; and Nikki Bonaminio Enriquez, who works in the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.