Two teenagers in California were charged on Wednesday with attacking a Sikh man, The New York Times reported. The perpetrators confronted 71-year-old Sahib Singh Matt on a residential street in Manteca knocked him to the ground, kicked and spat on him, authorities have said.
The assault on the man was captured on video by a home security camera and shared similarities with a July 31 attack on another Sikh man in the same region of Northern California. The authorities first labeled the earlier attack a hate crime, but the Manteca Police Department later said that the episode appeared to be an attempted robbery, not an attack based on prejudice.
The footage does not include audio, and Natt does not speak English so he could not understand what the teenagers were saying during the assault, the police said. He was taken to a hospital for treatment and later released, the authorities said.
On Wednesday, the police arrested a 16-year-old, whose name was withheld because of his age, and an 18-year-old, Tyrone McAllister, who were both charged with attempted robbery, elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon. The arrest of McAllister drew a rebuke and apology from his father, Darryl McAllister, the chief of the Union City Police Department, south of Oakland, The Times adds.
McAllister was charged with attempted robbery, elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon in the attack on Monday. His father said he was “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.”
There are more than 25 million Sikhs worldwide, including about 500,000 in the United States, according to the Sikh Coalition in New York. Sikhism is about 500 years old, making it one of the youngest religions in the world, and was founded in the Indian state of Punjab. The monotheistic religion promotes self-reliance and individual responsibility.