A suspect has been arrested for the stunning sucker punch of a California man pushing his granddaughter in a stroller – in addition to an identical assault on a juvenile, with cops investigating in the event that they had been racially motivated.
Angel Sanchez Jr., 29, of Santa Barbara, was arrested in Oxnard at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday for the caught-on-video assault on a 60-year-old man of Asian-American/Pacific Islander descent in swanky Calabasas, the LA County Sheriff’s Division mentioned.
He is also suspected in a second assault towards a boy of the identical descent that occurred a bit of earlier, police mentioned of “unprovoked assaults on unsuspecting victims.”
Noting that “each victims of the assaults had been of Asian descent,” police mentioned that “the motive for the assaults is presently underneath investigation.”
Sanchez was charged with assault with pressure more likely to produce nice bodily harm. Nonetheless, he might additionally face additional costs if the 2 assaults are dominated to be racially motivated, KTLA mentioned.
The assaults occurred about 5 p.m. Tuesday in Calabasas — an upscale neighborhood dwelling to quite a few celebrities — when the suspect was driving a 2005 silver Honda Odyssey with Nevada license plates, cops mentioned.
The stunning video captured by a surveillance digital camera exhibits the suspect strolling as much as the grandfather and punching him within the face, knocking him to the bottom and overturning the stroller.
The sufferer is seen gripping the stroller’s handlebars as his physique sways towards the impression. The assailant jumps in his automobile and speeds off whereas the person and his grandchild flail on the bottom.
Neighbor Mary Steele mentioned the sufferer is a “very good group member” who has a “stunning dwelling.”
“Individuals know who he’s and the child is an harmless sufferer,” she instructed KTLA.
The victims reportedly didn’t endure critical accidents.