New York: The son of a police chief in a Californian city is among two teenagers arrested and charged with attempted robbery and abuse of a 71-year-old Sikh man on Monday, the second attack on a minority community member in the US state within a week, authorities said on Thursday.
The investigators are trying to determine if the attack was a hate crime. Police arrested Tyrone McAllister, 18, and a male juvenile, 16, for the attack on Sahib Singh Natt on the side of a road early morning on August 6 in Manteca. McAllister, the son of Union City Police Chief Darryl McAllister, and the juvenile have been charged with attempted robbery, elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon.
The police chief said that his “stomach has been churning” from the moment he learned the news of the attack on Natt and that his son was involved. The Manteca Police Department said it received numerous tips which assisted in the identification of the suspects. Investigations supervisor sergeant Miller said the public assistance in providing information with this case was instrumental in identifying the suspects and helped in making a quick arrest.
The attack on Natt is the second attack on a Sikh man in a week in California. On July 31, 50-year-old Surjit Malhi was attacked while putting up campaign signs in support of incumbent Republican Congressman Jeff Denham and other local Republican candidates at Stanislaus County.
Embarrassed, dejected, hurt: Police chief
“Words can barely describe how embarrassed, dejected, and hurt my wife, daughters, and I feel right now. My son got into trouble for some theft-related crimes and ended up spending several months in juvenile hall. My son was again arrested for a theft-related incident, and he ended up spending another three months in adult jail as a result. Now, he faces serious felony charges. I and my wife worked with Manteca Police to help them track our son down and arrest him.” — Darryl McAllister, Union City police chief
The violent incident
- A footage from a CCTV camera shows Natt walking alone on the side of a road early morning on August 6 when two men, wearing hoodies, walking from the opposite direction approach him. Natt stops on seeing the men and the duo are seen talking to him. Natt then walks past them but they continue to follow him.
- After a brief argument, one of the men, who is wearing a black hoodie, suddenly kicks Natt in the stomach and the elderly man falls down on the road, with his turban coming off. He tries to get up and defend himself but the man again kicks him in the stomach.
- Natt falls on the road as the man who attacked him comes close to him and appears to touch his face and spit on him. They then walk away as Natt is lying on the road. A few seconds later the man in the black hoodie runs back and viciously kicks Natt three times near his head as he lay on the street. He then spits at Natt.
(With inputs from Agencies)