Keven Quiroz can be seen in an undated photo released by the Irvine Police Department on March 25, 2021.
A 23-year-old man was arrested Thursday after investigating the attack by a 69-year-old Asian man who was videotaped in an Irvine park last week.
Tustin’s Keven Quiroz is suspected of assaulting the victim after an argument over Quiroz’s dog on a leash, Irvine police said in a press release.
The incident occurred in front of Sierra Vista Middle School at around 7:00 p.m. on Friday.
The victim told police he was walking his dog when they were aggressively approached by an off-leash husky who appeared to belong to a young man who was jogging in the area and kicking a soccer ball.
The victim had initially picked up his own dog to avoid conflict, but the larger dog came back and the victim lost his dog’s leash. The pups started fighting, and police said the victim tried to separate them.
But while he was trying to do this, he was hit in the back of the head by the man he saw with a soccer ball, investigators said.
No words were exchanged between the suspect and the victim, KTLA officials said.
Police released surveillance videos and pictures on Monday in hopes of tracking down the man affected. The footage generated multiple calls and a tip from an anonymous source led detectives to identify Quiroz as a suspect.
On Thursday morning, officials found Quiroz at his home in Tustin, along with evidence linking him to the attack, authorities said.
An unloaded rifle was also reportedly found in Quiroz ‘vehicle. It has nothing to do with the attack, but police say they are working to determine if the gun was legitimately in his possession.
Quiroz was arrested and booked on suspicion of attack with a lethal weapon and abuse of the elderly.
Police initially said they were not ruling out the possibility that the incident was a hate crime based on the victim’s race. But on Thursday they said his ethnicity is not a motivating factor.
“Based on the entirety of the investigation, detectives believe that the attack was due to a dispute over the suspect’s dog’s leash,” the press release said.
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