Teen Assaults Elderly Man Following Irvine Dog Spat

March 24, 2021 Updated: March 24, 2021

Irvine police are looking for a teenager who is accused of assaulting an elderly man after their dogs got into a scuffle.

A surveillance camera caught the March 19 attack on video.

The footage shows a 69-year-old victim walking his dog at Sierra Vista Middle School about 7 p.m., when an off-leash husky approached him aggressively.

The man scooped up his own dog in order to avoid a fight.

The husky appeared to be connected to a teen, who can be seen in surveillance video jogging and kicking a soccer ball in the area.

Minutes later, the husky again approached the victim’s dog, which caused the elderly man to lose control of his dog’s leash. The dogs began fighting while the victim attempted to separate them.

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Surveillance footage shows a suspect wanted in connection with an attack on a 69-year-old Irvine man.

While this was occurring, the teen approached the elderly man from behind and struck him on the head.

“He kicked him in the back, knocked him down and then stomped on him, kicked him in the head and the shoulder,” Irvine Police Department spokesperson Karie Davies told The Epoch Times.

The victim was brought to hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.

Police said March 24 that they were still working to identify the perpetrator from the video.

“We have some leads but there’s nothing concrete that we’re looking at right now,” Davies said.

Very little was said during the confrontation, according to Davies.

“Nothing was said, other than the victim asking him to put his dog on a leash. And [the suspect] did not respond.”

Surveillance video shows the attacker, who is described as having a darker complexion, wearing a dark T-shirt over a white long sleeve shirt. He also was wearing dark shorts over white leggings or shin guards, black athletic shoes, and carrying a white backpack.

Police said he could be connected to a white sedan or couple-style vehicle.

The victim also managed to take a photo of the suspect as he was walking away from the incident.

Anyone with information can call Det. Gavin Hudson at 949-724-7168 or email GHudson@cityofIrvine.org.

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