On Saturday, September 27, at approximately 5:30 p.m., a couple walking with their seven-year-old daughter in the 100 block of South Main Avenue, were victims of an attack with racial overtones that left them with minor injuries.
The Caucasian couple, in their 40s, told officers they were walking and talking along Main when they noticed a Latino male in his early 20s accompanied by two male juveniles between the ages of 10 and 12.
“The older [Latino] male had headphones on, was singing rap music and using vulgar language, they said,” said Sheriff’s Detective Dan Laibach.
The couple said they were walking by the trio when the older male said, “I hate [expletive] white people.”
Shortly thereafter, the Latino man tried to grab a backpack the male victim was wearing and a struggle ensued. The victims said the juveniles were encouraging the older male to continue hitting them.
“When the female victim tried to intervene, she was pushed down,” Laibach said. The suspect and the two juveniles then fled the scene.
Authorities are seeking the individuals involved in the incident. The adult Latino suspect is described as being between the age of 20 and 22, 5’2” tall, weighing approximately 300 pounds, with a “military-style” shaved haircut. At the time of the attack, he was wearing a white shirt with horizontal stripes.
“The couple was transported to Fallbrook Hospital, primarily because it was mentioned that the male victim was susceptible to seizures,” Laibach said. “It was precautionary, not because their injuries were that serious.”
Although specific medical information on the couple is not available due to privacy laws, it appears they suffered bruises, scrapes and a possible twisted ankle on the part of the woman.
Sgt. Ron McCracken said the incident was “kind of weird, but sounded like some kids were out to cause hate and discontent.”
Laibach said when the suspect responsible for the attack is found, he will be charged with assault and attempted robbery, possibility with a hate crime enhancement charge.
“This was an odd situation,” Laibach said. “I believe the backpack was the issue, but my advice is that you should always be aware of your surroundings and give yourself distance. If someone is acting bizarre, take a few steps to avoid their path.”
Anyone with information regarding this incident should call the Sheriff’s office at (760) 451-3100.
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