Suspect in Sikh Assault Is Police Chief's Own Son

Union City chief Darryl McAllister in California writes that he is hurt and dejected
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2018 8:18 AM CDT

After an assault on a 71-year-old Sikh man at a park in Manteca, California, the police chief of a nearby community helped track down a main suspect. The unusual part? The suspect is his own son. "Words can barely describe how embarrassed, dejected, and hurt my wife, daughters, and I feel right now," wrote Union City Police Chief Darryl McAllister on Facebook after his estranged 18-year-old son, Tyrone, was arrested. As the Modesto Bee reports, surveillance video shows that Sahib Singh Natt was confronted by two young men as he walked at a local park about 6am Monday. Natt doesn't speak English and couldn't understand them, notes the Washington Post, and he attempts to walk around the youths into the street. They follow him, however, and one kicks him to the ground, twice, and spits on him.

After the youths walk away, one returns and repeatedly kicks Natt, still on the ground. Chief McAllister writes that he helped authorities track down his son, who was arrested with a 16-year-old. Both face charges of attempted robbery, elder abuse, and assault with a deadly weapon, and police are investigating whether hate-crime charges will be added. Natt, meanwhile, was treated and released at a hospital. The attack comes less than a week after another high-profile assault on a Sikh man in California's Stanislaus County, reports CBS Sacramento. Chief McAllister writes that his son began getting into trouble years ago as a juvenile and had "divorced" his family. "Violence and hatred is not what we have taught our children," he writes, contrasting his son with his two successful grown daughters. "My stomach has been churning from the moment I learned this news." (More Sikh stories.)

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