The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) arrested a Santa Barbara man this week after he assaulted a grandfather pushing an infant in a stroller.
Angel Sanchez Jr., 29 of Santa Barbara, has been arrested on two counts of assault.
On Tuesday, December 5, the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff Station received two separate calls of unprovoked attacks near the 26000 block of Agoura Road and Lost Springs Drive/Cottonwood Grove Trail in Calabasas.
Security footage shows around 4:45 p.m., the suspect, described as a Hispanic male in his 20’s, parked a 2005 silver Honda Odyssey minivan in the driveway of a home in a residential neighborhood.
The suspect is seen getting out of the minivan and walking towards a 60-year-old Asian-American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) male who is pushing a stroller with his 10-month-old grandson crossing the street.
The suspect quickly walks alongside the victim, and seemingly without any words or confrontation, sucker-punches the grandfather causing him and the stroller to tumble to the ground. The suspect is then seen walking back to the minivan and driving away while the victim tries to stand up.
It’s been confirmed the suspect is not affiliated with the home where he parked and the grandfather and infant are ok, according to KTLA.
LASD sent out an alert searching for the suspect and his minivan with a Nevada license plate 183W80 with the below flier.
On Wednesday, December 6, at 2:15 p.m., suspect Angel Sanchez Jr. was located in the city of Oxnard, arrested, and booked at Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station for Assault with Force Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury, 245(a)(4) PC, pending Magistrate Review.
“Although both victims of the assaults were of Asian descent, the motive for the attacks is currently under investigation,” LASD states.
If you were a witness to or have any information about these incidents, please contact the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station at (818) 878-1808 or Detective Parks at (818) 878-5523.
If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3Tips” App. Google play or the Apple APP Store or by using the website: http://lacrimestoppers.org
The video of the assault is available to view below. WARNING: The below video may be difficult to watch.