California Police Chief’s Son Charged in Assault on 71-Year-Old Sikh Man
The 18-year-old son of a police chief in California has been charged in the beating of a 71-year-old Sikh man, according to reports.
Tyrone McAllister—the estranged son of Union City Police Chief Darryl McAllister—and a 16-year-old male were arrested by police for the Aug. 6. attack on Sahib Singh Natt. The incident, which took place in the central California city of Manteca, was captured on surveillance video.
In the video, the two suspects are seen confronting the elderly man, who was wearing a turban per Sikh custom, before pushing him to the ground, Fox40 reported. One of the teens kicked Natt and spits on him before walking off, the video footage shows.
McAllister was arrested and chaged with attempted robbery, elder abuse, and assault with a deadly weapon in the case. The 16-year-old, who was not identified because he is a juvenile, faces the same charges. An investigation is continuing into whether a hate-crime charge is warranted, Manteca police said in a Facebook post.
Police Chief Speaks Out
Darryl 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. The chief said that he and his wife helped track down his son, who was in nearby Modesto.
“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.
“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.”
The teen “got into trouble for some theft-related crimes and ended up spending several months in juvenile hall. 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,” McAllister added.