STOCKTON — As Tyrone Keith McAllister entered Dept. 8B of the Stockton courthouse suspected of assaulting an elderly Sikh man on video, he made obscene hand gestures directly to media stationed across the room.
Before Judge Bob McNatt took his seat, the 18-year-old son of a Union City police chief smiled and made alleged gang signs while his hands were cuffed.
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In the gallery, members of the 71-year-old victim’s family watched and were silent. McNatt read the charges against McAllister that includes elder abuse and the teen was provided a public defender.
No bail was set and McAllister will return to court Aug. 17 at 8:30 a.m. for further arraignment.
“The behavior that we all witnessed on the video does not represent who we are as a community,” San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar said in a video statement.
Friday was the first court appearance for McAllister after he and a 16-year-old boy were arrested in Modesto on Wednesday.
The pair is alleged to have been caught on a home surveillance camera violently beating and spitting on Sahib Singh Natt early Monday morning while he walking near Graystone Park in central Manteca.
Manteca City Councilman Gary Singh attended the arraignment and spoke on behalf of the victim’s family.
“We believe in our justice system and we’re going to go ahead and let the legal work its way,” he said. “It was an unfortunate incident, and at this point, this is all we want to say.”
As news of the attack and video began to spread on social media that has since garnered national attention, Singh said he was furious when he first saw it and could not believe what had happened.
“It could’ve happened to anybody in our community, and we truly hope that this doesn’t happen again,” Singh said. He added that Natt is resting at home and is healing but “continues to suffer from emotional trauma.”
McAllister and the juvenile — who has not been identified due to being a minor — were both given charges of attempted robbery, elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon. Investigators are looking into whether the incident meets all of the legal elements for charging as a hate crime.
According to McNatt, McAllister also violated probation stemming from an April case in which he was arrested and spent three months in jail for battery and petty theft.
McAllister also was given a criminal protective order that won’t allow him to contact the victim’s family and visit Graystone Park.
After McAllister’s arrest, it was soon discovered that he is the estranged son of Union City Police Chief Darryl McAllister.
Darryl McAllister was not present in Stockton court, but in a post on social media after the arrest said his son had been away from family and home for several months.
“Words can barely describe how embarrassed, dejected, and hurt my wife, daughters, and I feel right now,” he said. Darryl McAllister and his family assisted with Manteca authorities to help track, locate and arrest his son.
According to Darryl McAllister, his son began getting into trouble with the law years ago. He cut ties from friends and family, associated himself with questionable people and spent several months in Juvenile Hall. In the post, Darryl McAllister said his son needs to be held accountable for his actions.
“My family is shaken to the core,” Darryl McAllister said. “It’s difficult for us to comprehend how one of three kids who grew up with the same parents, under the same roof, with the same rules and same values and character could wander so far astray.”
Also in court Friday was Bobby Bivens, president of the Stockton branch of the NAACP. He said while it is still yet to be determined if the incident is indeed a hate crime, he declared that the black and Sikh communities are united.
“The courts did not charge a hate crime and we don’t necessarily know whether we will see what the investigation brings about,” he said. “I’m of the opinion that at this point, looking at the video, that is just a crime committed by some young people. We will do whatever is essential and necessary on our behalf to make sure that there is no divide between the two communities.”
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