VIDEO: Suspect detained for possible hate crime in San Francisco

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON)– A man is in custody following a possible hate crime in San Francisco on Monday.

U.S. Park Police say they received a call around 10:47 a.m. about an assault at the Great Meadow Park in Fort Mason.

The suspect allegedly attacked a woman and told her “No Latinos here,” U.S. Park Police said Tuesday.

It was reported that the woman is a nanny, and was taking care of two small children when the incident happened.

Her attacker allegedly shoved her and grabbed her by the neck while he said in Spanish, “No Latinos here.”

A jogger in the area helped the woman and called 911.

Park police located a suspect whose clothing matched the description, but he allegedly became confrontational in the course of the investigation.

He was detained on suspicion of resisting arrest and is currently at San Francisco General Hospital undergoing psychiatric evaluation, park officials said.

His identity has been with withheld while the attack remains under investigation.

Park police believe the attack is an isolated incident. Still, they encourage visitors of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to be aware of their surroundings and report any possible threats.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area spokesman Nathan Hale Sargent said the park’s values include inclusion for all visitors. “We want parks to be the places that bring people together,”
Sargent said. “All are welcome at our national parks.”

San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell, whose district includes Fort Mason, put out a statement condemning the attack.

“Hate, discrimination and violence are not welcome and will never be tolerated in San Francisco,” Farrell said. “San Francisco is known across the world as a place that accepts people for who they are regardless of their religion, ethnicity or sexual identity.”

Witnesses to the assault are asked to call the U.S. Park Police tip line at (415) 561-5150.

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