A man arrested in a possibly anti-Jewish hate crime for alleged battery on a 12-year-old boy in the Fairfax area was in custody Wednesday.
Officers sent to Melrose and Formosa avenues about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday arrested Daniel Rankin, 50, and booked him on suspicion of battery, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Media reports indicated the boy victim may have been punched in the face, but the LAPD did not confirm that report.
An ambulance was sent to the scene, but the boy was not taken to a hospital, the LAPD reported.
Police released no other details of their investigation, but the Jewish Journal reported the victim was a Jewish child and cited tweets by lawyer and Los Angeles City Council candidate Sam Yebri, as well as Eve Barlow, who describes herself on her Twitter page as a Scottish-born journalist.
“Today, on Melrose Ave (a few blocks from my own LA City Council campaign event tonight), an Orthodox Jewish child was punched in the face — in the streets of Los Angeles — in broad daylight,” Yebri wrote. “Another unhinged person then walked by, defended the attacker, and threatened to `kill the kid’s entire family.’ This is not OK, cannot become the new normal in our city, and must end now.”
According to Yebri’s post, a citizen’s arrest was made, then the LAPD was called.
The child was targeted “while he was playing on scooters with his friends,” according to Barlow, who posted video of the arrest and wrote: “This is not normal. The regularity of these types of attacks is not normal. In broad daylight.”
According to jail records, no bail has been set for Rankin.