MANTECA, Calif. – San Francisco Bay Area chief of police said that his family is “shocked to the core” after his son was arrested in the beating of a 71-year-old Sikh man.
Tyrone McAllister, 18, and a 16-year-old boy could face charges, including attempted robbery, assault and sexual assault following Monday’s attack in the city of Manteca. The police says they are investigating the attack as a robbery, not a hate crime, The Modesto bee, the newspaper reported.
McAllister is the son of Union City Police Chief Darryl McAllister, who wrote Wednesday on Facebook that “words can hardly describe how embarrassed, dejected, and hurt my wife, daughters, and I feel now.”
The chief said his son began to walk and getting into trouble about two years ago, a number of theft-related offences and spent several months in juvenile detention. Later, as an adult, the younger McAllister spent three months in jail, his father said.
“Violence and hatred is not what we have learned from our children; intolerance for others is not even in our vocabulary, let alone our values,” he wrote. “The crime is never a part of our household, our values, nor the character to which we hold ourselves.”
The police said Sahib Singh, who don’t speak English, was attacked while walking on a sidewalk next to a park in Manteca, about 40 miles (65 km) northeast of the City of Union, authorities said.
Surveillance video shows two men in hoodies approaching. Singh seems to try to run away, but they confront him and he puts his hands up.
The two seem to talk him briefly before one kicks him in the chest, threw him to the ground. His turban falls off. He stands up and tries to defend himself as one of the attackers kicks him again, knocking him down. Singh is kicked several times, and an attacker spits on him and leaves.
Singh suffered minor injuries, police said.
McAllister said that he and his wife worked with the Manteca police to help locate his son, who now could face felony charges and prison time.
The attack was the second on a Sikh man in a week in the center of California.
Last week, two men struck a man in the community of Keyes and painted in a neo-Nazi symbol on his truck in what police are treating as a hate crime.
Surjit Malhi, he said, was putting up campaign signs for local Republicans when two men ambushed him.
Information from: The Modesto bee, http://www.modbee.com