New York police arrest man who injured Sikh father in alleged hate crime

Published: August 19, 2014

Video footage from a surveillance camera allegedly shows a pickup truck striking Singh. Submitted photo/The Sikh Coalition.

VANCOUVER DESI

New York City police arrested a man on Tuesday who allegedly drove his truck over a Sikh father last month, according to the New York Daily News.

NYPD have charged 55-year-old Joseph Caleca of Long Island with attempted murder as a hate crime and assault as a hate crime in connection with the July 30 attack on 29-year-old Sandeep Singh, the NY Daily News reported.

Singh was left seriously injured after the attack, in which a pick-up truck ran him over after the driver yelled racial slurs at him and a friend, calling them “terrorists” and telling them to “go back to your country.”

According to previous media reports, Singh tried engaging the man in conversation while stepping in front of his vehicle, but when he took out his phone to call police, the driver lurched forward, striking Singh.

Singh remains in hospital but is expected to recover from his injuries.

The incident took the Sikh community by storm, with many activist groups rallying together to encourage law enforcement to investigate the incident as a hate crime.

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