Two kids were arrested Wednesday for a robbery in San Leandro where an 80-year-old Asian man was thrown to the ground. The incident occurred in California’s Bay Area outside of a residential home where the footage of the attack was caught.
An 11-year-old and a 17-year-old were taken into custody in connection to the attack in San Leandro, as well as a carjacking in Oakland. The younger kid was accused of driving the stolen vehicle, which was used to escape.
“We are thankful that we were able to capture these juveniles safely and expeditiously,” Lt Ali Khan said in a statement, Wednesday. The crime has been under investigation since Monday when the elderly Asian man was thrown to the ground and beaten before the two children ran off with his Fitbit.
The man called for help as he was shoved and slapped, as the children laughed. He believes the incident was racially motivated and is part of a much larger issue sparking unrest in the United States. Hate crimes surged 300 percent in San Leandro from 2019 to 2020, with new incidences every day.
According to police, the 11-year-old boy identified in connection to the attack has a criminal history. He was arrested on April 12 for a string of carjackings and robberies, and he was allegedly involved in several more robberies before that. Since he was a minor, the boy was released into the custody of his mother after his arrest Wednesday.
Currently, police are searching for any more wrongdoings the children have committed, including a robbery that occurred two hours after the 80-year-old man was attacked. The victim in that robbery has been described as a younger woman. The suspects reportedly stole her purse. If guilty, the 11-year-old boy and older teen could be charged with the crimes as minors or as adults.
The elderly Asian man is in stable condition, according to reports. He sustained minor injuries in the assault and a lost watch.
The man who recorded the video, identified as Marco, also believes that the incident was a hate crime. “It’s crazy to see kids that age doing that kind of stuff, going down that road already,” he told reporters. Marco also demanded that the children face serious consequences for their actions, especially if the crime is proven to be racially motivated.
Police Lt. Hahn is looking for alternative avenues than “putting juveniles in jail.” He wants to find out how to “divert some of the things that are happening,” such as the spike in hate crimes across the country, especially in San Leandro.