The man accused of beating a 71-year-old Sikh man who was taking a morning walk in Manteca, California, appeared in court and is still behind bars without bail, according to a report.
The Manteca Bulletin reported that 18-year-old Tyrone McAllister will be arraigned in court on Sept. 10, where he is expected to enter a plea. He’s currently being held in a county jail.
McAllister and another teen, a juvenile who was not been named by police or in the media, are accused of beating the man, kicking him, and spitting on him in mid-August. The incident was captured on a nearby residential security camera.
He was arrested on charges of suspicion of attempted robbery, elder abuse, and assault with a deadly weapon.
Police told CBS News that the motive for the attack appears to be robbery.
When McAllister first appeared in court, he showed two middle fingers to a camera.
“As to whether it was just a crime or a hate crime, I’m of the opinion that at this point, looking at the videos, that it’s just a crime committed by some young people,” Bobby Bivens, president of the Stockton branch of the NAACP, said in a Fox40 report.
Father Speaks Out
Darryl McAllister, the police chief in Union City, California, said that when he learned of the attack, he and his wife worked with Manteca Police to help track down his son, CBS News reported.
Union City Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci told CBS that the police chief is “an effective law enforcement leader in our community.”
After the incident, McAllister wrote on the Union City Police Department’s Facebook page about the incident, saying he is “completely disgusted” by the alleged actions of his son. “He now faces serious felony charges for which, if convicted, he stands to spend a considerable amount of time in prison,” he said.
“I received a call from the Manteca PD that the suspect in this horrific crime turns out to be my 18-year old son. He has been estranged from our family and our home for several months now,” he wrote on the page.
“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. Crime has never been an element of our household, our values, nor the character to which we hold ourselves,” he added.
The chief added that “my oath is (and always will be) to the law and my vow of integrity guides me through this horrendous difficulty.
McAllister said: “My stomach has been churning from the moment I learned this news. Even though my status as a law enforcement leader has no bearing or relation to the case whatsoever, I am nonetheless devastated by how much the nature of my son’s actions are such a departure from everything I have stood for in my personal life, and in my 37-year policing career,” he wrote, adding that his son “began to lose his way a couple years ago, while he was a juvenile, running away and getting involved in a bad crowd.”
From The Epoch Times