(LOOP JAMAICA) – A Jamaican man was seriously injured in an attack by another man on Sunday, with police investigators in Santa Cruz, California, USA describing the incident as a hate crime.
The victim, said to be a 46-year-old, was not named by police authorities there.
The suspected attacker, 32-year-old Cody Chavez, was arrested and charged with battery with serious bodily injury, violation of civil rights causing violent injury, and resisting arrest, according to California-based news outlet, East Bay Times.
It was reported that about 2.30 am on Sunday, the police were summoned to a fight outside a motel on Ocean Street in Santa Cruz, California.
“Officers investigating the incident determined the attack was unprovoked, and reported (that) the assailant used racial epithets toward the victim, who police described as a native of Jamaica,” East Bay Times reported.
No further details were revealed about the on-the-spot circumstances that led to the attack on the Jamaican or the nature of the injuries he sustained.
The victim was later assisted to a trauma centre, where he received treatment for the injuries.
Following a probe, Chavez was arrested and charged.