The pretrial for Abdul Walid Hamid, a 22-year-old Hayward man arrested for a disturbance at Stoneridge Shopping Center, was continued to Jan. 28 for the public defender to have more time to investigate.
Hamid pled not guilty Nov. 12 to charges of battery, grand theft, exhibition of a deadly weapon and a possible hate crime that allegedly occurred Nov. 4.
Having posted bail, set at $27,000, he was ordered to stay out of the mall while out of custody.
Hamid was an employee at a kiosk in Stoneridge Mall and according to police reports, he yelled at a customer "Allah is power" and "Islam is great" as well as anti-Christian comments while holding a pen in his fist over his head.
During the altercation, police said he grabbed a crucifix off a the customer's neck. Hamid's family insists that the incident was a misunderstanding and that the person had provoked Hamid, contrary to the police report.
He is schedule to appear in court at 9 a.m. Jan. 28 in department 703 of the Pleasanton courthouse on Stoneridge Drive.