SAN DIEGO -- Police arrested a man they say beat three women who were wearing Muslim headscarves.
It happened around 12:45 p.m. Sunday at the corner of Beech and Columbia Street in downtown San Diego. Police received multiple calls about a man attacking three women.
When officers arrived they found three women, all dressed in hijabs. They said a man battered them while yelling "hate crime statements." He then fled the scene. None of the women were significantly injured.
"My unit's overlooking the street," said Eli Morales who witnessed the incident. "They literally had all these cops swarm up and they were interviewing three Muslim women."
Officers identified the man as Kyle Allen, 50, and were able to trace him back to his apartment with the help of some witnesses who tried to help the women and followed him. Police said when they knocked on the door, the resident answered with a gun in his hand.
"Police were at the guy's door the whole night," said Morales, who lives in the same apartment building as the suspect. "All these detectives came and were staying guarded at the door the whole night."
Allen eventually complied with officers, put the gun down and was taken into custody, police said. The women positively identified him as the one who hit them, police added.
Allen was booked into jail on charges of battery, terrorist threats, and a weapons charge.