Police Chief's Son, 18, Charged With Beating Elderly Sikh Man
MANTECA, CALIFORNIA — August 13, 2018
Tyrone McAllister, 18, is facing charges of elder abuse, attempted robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.
Investigators say Tyrone McAllister and his teen accomplice kicked and spat on 71-year-old Sahib Singh Natt outside Greystone Park Monday morning.
The attack was caught on a neighbor's home surveillance feed.
The video shows the two assailants confronting the victim, who was wearing a turban and walking alone on the sidewalk. The pair are seen kicking the man and knocking him to the ground, before robbing him and spitting on him.
Tyrone McAllister, 18, whose parents assisted police in tracking him down following Monday’s attack in the town of Manteca, about 75 miles east of San Francisco, was arraigned in San Joaquin County Superior Court and ordered to be held on a $300,000 bond.
A second suspect, identified by authorities only as a 16-year-old boy, was also arrested and charged as a juvenile, but the status of his case is not yet known.
While neither suspect was charged with a hate crime, activists say the attack followed a number of beatings of U.S. Sikhs over the past decade.
Groups that track hate crimes say assailants often mistake followers of Sikhism, a faith that originated in the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent, for Muslims, who have also been targeted in hate crimes.