Irvine police are looking for a young man suspected of assaulting the 69-year-old walking dog – Orange County Register
Irvine police are looking for a young man, possibly a teenager, who is suspected of assaulting an older man while their dogs were fighting. The police announced this week and released a surveillance video of the incident.
It was around 7 p.m. on Friday, March 19, when a 69-year-old man was walking his small dog in Sierra Vista Middle School, police said in a statement on Monday evening.
The man saw a large, unleashed husky who appeared to be with the suspect, jogging nearby and kicking a soccer ball.
“The larger dog approached the victim aggressively and the victim picked up his own dog to avoid conflict,” police said in the statement.
Shortly afterwards, the husky again approached the victim, who, according to police, had lost control of his own dog’s leash.
“The two dogs started fighting and the victim rushed to separate them,” police said. “While trying to defend his dog, the victim was hit from the back in the head by the man who was seen jogging.”
None of the dogs were injured, said Irvine police spokeswoman Sgt. Karie Davies.
The surveillance video from the area shows the victim in the grass with the suspect standing over him. The suspect left the area with the dog.
Davies said witnesses reported the suspect often unleashed his husky in the area.
The victim was taken to hospital for treatment, police said. There was a cut on his hand when he stepped on it, but no serious injuries, Davies said.
The suspect may have been described as a man in his late teens. He wore a dark t-shirt over a white long-sleeved shirt, dark shorts over white leggings or shin guards and black athletic shoes and had a white backpack.
Some social media posts said the victim was of Asian descent, which begs the question of whether the incident was just another case in a recent surge in racial violence. Davies confirmed the victim is Asian but said there is no definitive evidence that the attack was racially motivated.
“Nothing racist was said during the attack,” Davies said, although police have not ruled it out.
“Until we can find (the suspect) and talk to him, we don’t know the motivation,” she said.
The police are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Gavin Hudson at 949-724-7168 or [email protected]