USA - LAPD arrests man who struck 12-year-old Jewish boy riding scooter in Los Angeles

Daniel Ranken
Los Angeles, CA
- A 12-year-old Jewish boy and his friends were riding scooters Tuesday afternoon on a busy Los Angeles street when a man walking by hit the boy in his face.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Daniel Ranken, 50, “approached the victim and punched him without provocation. The suspect did not make a statement regarding the victims’ religion. The victim was treated at the scene and not transported.”

He was arrested on-site and is being charged with a felony. Detectives are continuing their investigation.

Prior to the arrival of LAPD, members of Magen Am, a nonprofit, armed security patrol in the heavily Jewish La Brea and Hancock Park neighborhoods made up of veterans of the Israel Defense Forces and former Jewish U.S. military, were able to apprehend the attacker and hold him for police.

According to Laibel Mangel, director of the veteran programs at Magen Am, the group had a patrol car in the area and received two calls from people about the attack, including one from another child who was there.

While the security patrol was awaiting the police, Mangel said, a second man, this one walking by with a bicycle, began “shouting antisemitic slurs and said he wanted to kill his whole family.”

Source: foxla