Indians in the US are outraged after a 71-year-old Sikh man taking a morning walk near a park in northern California was kicked by two suspected teen robbers, reports say.
Union City Police Chief Darryl McAllister is equally devastated after being told that his estranged son Tyrone McAllister is one of the suspects.
Manteca police on Wednesday arrested Tyrone, 18, along with a 16-year-old male and are investigating the hate crime angle.
The victim, Sahib Singh Natt, is being treated for minor injuries in a hospital.
The attack took place near Greystone Park in Manteca, San Joaquin County, on Monday around 6 am.
The incident caught on a surveillance video shows two hooded youths confronting Natt on the footpath. Tyrone, wearing a dark hood, is seen talking to the Sikh man.
Sensing trouble, Natt leaves the footpath and hurries cross the road to reach his white car parked on the other side. Before he could open the front door of the vehicle, Tyrone kicks him on the stomach sending the old man tumbling to the ground. The video cuts to Tyrone kicking him again. He and his partner then walk away. Seconds later, Tyrone returns, kicks the old man thrice and leaves after spitting at him.
The video, which was widely circulated, shocked members of the Sikh community who brought the crime to the attention of McAllister who was attending a local function.
Later at night, he got a call from Manteca Police saying one of the suspects caught on the video was his son.
In a Facebook post, McAllister said his stomach had been churning from the moment he heard the news.
He said Tyrone got into bad company two years ago, stopped visiting home and spent months in juvenile hall and later in jail for theft.
After release from jail, Tyrone continued his wayward life and never returned home, he said.
The arrested youths face charges of attempted robbery, elder abuse and assault.