A 24-year-old Irvine man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of a racially motivated attack on a black teen and his older brother, police said.
Christopher Qu, who is of Asian descent, is accused of approaching the 16-year-old student about 12:50 p.m. at Irvine High School while the teen was waiting for a ride from his brother, said Farrah Emami of the Irvine Police Department.
A pipe-wielding Qu spewed racial slurs at the boy, who was on campus for sports practice while the school was on spring break, and was advancing on the teen when his 24-year-old sibling drove up, Emami alleged.
The brother got out of the car in time to intervene, but Qu allegedly head-butted the man and slammed the pipe against his arm several times, Emami said.
The man, whose name was not released, sustained cuts to his face and bruises on his arm, Emami said. His brother was unhurt, she said.
Qu was arrested nearby and police recovered a blood-spattered pipe in the school’s parking lot, Emami said.
— Wire reports
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