The son of a California police chief is suspected of brutally attacking a 71-year-old Sikh man, police said.
Tyrone Keith McAllister, 18, the son of Union City Police Chief Darryl McAllister, was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the crime. The incident reportedly occurred Monday in the city of Manteca, and was caught on video by a neighbor's surveillance camera.
Sahbit Singh Natt was taking his daily morning walk around 6 a.m. when he was approached by two teens. In the video, Natt puts his hands in the air as the two figures move closer and closer, until one of them — identified by police as McAllister — kicks Natt to the ground. The boys walk away but one - again identified by police as McAllister - returns to kick Natt a few more times in the head and body. Police said one of the suspects may have waved a gun in the air.
Natt later told police he was asked for money before he was attacked.
A 16-year-old boy was also arrested in connection with the attack, but his name was not released, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
“The Sikh community is a tight-knit community and after the assault, the victim went to the community leaders and they brought him to the Police Department,” Manteca Police spokesman Sgt. Stephen Schluer told the Chronicle.
Police are investigating whether the attack could be considered a hate crime.
Darryl McAllister said he was devastated by the news that his son is a suspect in the attack. He shared a personal and heartfelt post on the Union City Police Facebook page. His son, he said, has been estranged from his family for some time.
"Words can barely describe how embarrassed, dejected, and hurt my wife, daughters, and I feel right now. Violence and hatred is not what we have taught our children; intolerance for others is not even in our vocabulary, let alone our values," he wrote. "Crime has never been an element of our household, our values, nor the character to which we hold ourselves."
He went on to explain that his son, despite growing up in a caring, loving household, still decided to pursue a life of crime.
"My son began to lose his way a couple years ago, while he was a juvenile, running away and getting involved in a bad crowd. He pretty much divorced his friends and family, associating with people none of us knew. He got into trouble for some theft-related crimes and ended up spending several months in juvenile hall," he said. "As an adult, he was again arrested for a theft-related incident, and he ended up spending another three months in adult jail as a result. Since being released he has been wayward and has not returned to our family home for several months."
Tyrone McAllister and the minor were both charged with attempted robbery, elder abuse, and assault with a deadly weapon. Tyrone is being detained at the San Joaquin County Jail, and the 16-year-old was sent to San Joaquin County Juvenile Detention Center.
[Photo: Manteca Police Department]