On Sunday, October 6, Kyle Allen, 50, was arrested attacking three Muslim women minding their own business while walking down the street in San Diego’s Little Italy district.
The women, who were wearing hijabs, were doing nothing when Allen allegedly went out of his way to run into them, causing a conflict.
The situation quickly worsened, with Allen telling the women to “go back to their own country.” Before long, he had begun slapping and striking the women.
Bystanders converged on the assault and began filming Allen as he tried to make an escape.
Blood can be seen on his cheek as he leaves the scene of the crime.
Meanwhile in San Diego, a man beat and slapped 3 Muslim women who were just walking down the street. He even pulled one of the women's hijab before he fled. (The man was later apprehended & released on bail.) Those details and more in my latest report: https://t.co/pr4WULIhAP— Rowaida Abdelaziz (@Rowaida_Abdel) October 9, 2019
Man just doing what the MAGA boss inspires!!— Chris C Reuben (@col_reub1) October 9, 2019
Fortunately, none of the three women, all between 20 and 30, were seriously injured. A bystander followed Allen back to his nearby apartment.
Police would later arrive at the apartment, where Allen would greet them with a pistol and silencer.
A San Diego man beat, slapped, yanked off a hijab and told 3 Muslim women to go back to their country. Another horrifying hate crime in California. https://t.co/pr4WULIhAP— Rowaida Abdelaziz (@Rowaida_Abdel) October 9, 2019
Allen was arrested without incident—meaning he was not shot or physically injured after pointing a weapon at police—on “three counts of battery, three counts of violating the state hate crime law and one count of possessing a firearm silencer” but is now free on bond awaiting his October 21 arraignment.
That is very sad, especially in Lil Italy! I used to work in Lil Italy for 8 years & was a very safe & diverse area to go eat, grab a coffee, a few bars, and very close to the bay!— Golden Boy 🧢🤙🏼🤙🏼 (@2pimp2bu) October 9, 2019
Dustin Craun, executive director of the San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, is in touch with the three women Allen assaulted and believes this incident is part of a nationwide trend.
“With the emboldening of white supremacists across the country, we’ve seen a rise in hate crimes in San Diego like other parts in the country.”
Trump's America, just as he imagined it— Denise Shearin (@DeniseShearin) October 9, 2019
Kyle Allen allegedly told the women to "go back to their own country" and began to slap and beat the women -- all whom wear the hijab. https://t.co/JOuvmgt4ps
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