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Arrest made in shocking attack on Asian grandfather and baby

A suspect has been arrested on charges he sucker-punched an Asian grandfather who was pushing his infant granddaughter in a stroller in Calabasas, Calif. on Tuesday, sending both to the ground in a shocking incident caught on video, local media reported.

“Although both victims of the assaults were of Asian descent, the motive for the attacks is currently under investigation,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said, according to a report by ABC7 in L.A.

The suspect, Angel Sanchez Jr., was charged with assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, ABC7 reported.

KCAL, which talked to the victims’ family, reported that both the grandfather and his 10-month-old granddaughter suffered head wounds but “thankfully they are both expected to be okay, physically.”

The suspect was further wanted for allegedly attacking a teenager in a separate incident also Tuesday in Calabasas, reports said. The teen was walking to his boxing gym when he was attacked, ABC7 said. His boxing coach Gift Davis came to his assistance and also offered some advice to viewers: “The first tool of self-defense is your voice,” Coach Davis told ABC7. “Be as loud and assertive as possible if someone unexpectedly approaches you.”

From ABC7:

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