OAKLAND -- An Assembly candidate dogged last year by a domestic violence allegation now stands accused of threatening to beat up an Oakland City Council aide during a recent charity event.
Police are investigating the alleged Jan. 14 confrontation at the Make Westing bar in Oakland's Uptown District between AC Transit Director and Assembly candidate Joel Young and Jason Overman, who had recently told Young's girlfriend about Young's alleged past relationship indiscretions.
Overman, an aide to Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, filed a police report Friday -- disputed by Young and his girlfriend -- stating that when he greeted Young during the event, Young told him, "Walk away before I beat your (expletive) (expletive), you piece of (expletive)."
Overman, 27, told police that Young, a 34-year-old attorney and former Cal football player, asked him to step outside and then put his face inches from Overman's and said, "You just wait until my campaign is over. I'm going to find you and beat your (expletive) (expletive), you (expletive)."
Young then "made a gurgling sound" and spat in Overman's eye before leaving the bar, according to Overman's account to police.
Young, who had not yet been contacted by authorities Monday, said he had a brief conversation that night with Overman, but denied making any threats. "None of that is true," Young said. "If I wasn't a candidate for the Assembly, I doubt Jason would be doing this."
Young's girlfriend, Keesa Ocampo, also rejected Overman's account of the conversation and accused Overman of previously making advances toward her -- a charge Overman denied.
"I was standing right next to Joel on the night in question," Ocampo responded by email. "Joel never threatened Mr. Overman. This is clearly his way of retaliating against me."
Overman, who on Monday filed for a restraining order against Young, told police that he is friends with Ocampo and that he would cooperate in Young's prosecution.
He added that he waited nearly a week to file the report because he wanted to first consult Kaplan, who he was representing at the event, which benefited Emerge California -- an organization that helps women gain elected office.
Young, who replaced Kaplan on the AC Transit board of directors, is vying to succeed termed-out Assemblyman Sandre Swanson in a tightly contested June primary election.
Other candidates in the district -- which includes Oakland, Alameda and Piedmont -- are Port Commissioner Kathy Neal, Alameda Councilmember Rob Bonta and Peralta Community College Trustee Abel Guillen.
Young found himself embroiled in dueling domestic violence accusations last year with former girlfriend Jessica Juarez. According to court papers, Juarez last March waked in on Young in bed with another woman.
She said in court papers that she slapped Young, after which, she said,
Young struck her on the right side of her face, grabbed her hair "and began slamming my head onto the bed numerous times."
Young countered in court papers that Juarez attacked him and that he merely "restrained her by wrestling her down to the bed, steering her onto the bed, facedown."
No criminal charges were filed.
Contact Matthew Artz at 510-208-6435.