TUSTIN, CA – On Sunday, police arrested Jauhar Tajuddin Shuaib, 42, after a woman was reportedly assaulted in what appears to be a racially motivated attack in a park on Valencia Ave.
The victim is reported to be of Korean descent.
The victim told police that the suspect had made racial comments toward her and punched her in the abdomen. Authorities did not provide additional details about the victim.
She was able to pepper spray the suspect and he fled the scene before officers arrived, according to police.
The suspect fled before police arrived, but was soon located and taken into custody.
Shuaib was arrested on suspicion of committing a hate crime, assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, sexually motivated annoyance, assault in a public park, disturbing the peace, loitering about a place where children congregate, and use of abusive or profane language in a public park.
Despite the serious nature of the charges, and the much publicized rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, the unemployed Nigerian immigrant was released from the Orange County Central Jail on Wednesday without bail.
This is likely a result of California's new bail reform legislation.
Anyone who has any information on this incident is urged to contact Detective Eric Haug at 714-573-3246.