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LSD may have played role in park beating
Tyrone McAllister

The 18-year-old that was arrested for allegedly beating a Sikh man during an attempted robbery at Manteca’s Greystone Park in August will appear back in court later this month for further arraignment. 

Tyrone McAllister, who was identified with the assistance of the public after a video of him violently attacking 71-year-old Sahib Singh Natt went viral, has pled not guilty to a host of charges that include felony counts of attempted robbery and elder abuse. He appeared in San Joaquin County Superior Court in Stockton earlier this week for a preliminary hearing as the prosecution presented pieces of the evidence against the defendant, and called the victim to testify as to what happened on that August morning while he was out for his daily walk around the park near his home. 

Drugs may have played a part in what led up to the fateful encounter between McAllister and the elderly man who told the court he suffered injuries to head, chest, arms and torso, and is still feeling the effects of the altercation to this day. 

One of the three witnesses that the prosecution presented during the preliminary hearing was an 18-year-old female that identified herself as the girlfriend of the minor that was also arrested in connection with the beating, according to court records. In her testimony, the young woman told the court that she had seen McAllister and others take LSD the night before the incident, and that he may have had a bad reaction to the hallucinogenic drug. 

Prosecutors have still not announced whether the incident meets the legal definition of a “hate crime,” and plan on reviewing all of the evidence as well as additional testimony received during the preliminary hearing to determine if new charges will be filed against McAllister. Natt, who is Sikh and of Indian descent, had his turban knocked from his head when he was kicked to the ground. 

It was determined after his arrest that McAllister is the son of Union City Police Chief Darryl McAllister, who made an emotional statement on Facebook after the news broke distancing himself from his son’s actions, and attributing them to a number of bad decisions that his son had made in the recent past. The elder McAllister has not been present at either of his son’s court hearings – the third of which will take place on Oct. 30 at 8:30 a.m. 

McAllister remains in custody at the San Joaquin County Jail with a bail amount of $300,000. 

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.