(*2*)PALO ALTO, Calif. (KGO) — A man was arrested after an alleged violent hate crime assault on two victims in downtown Palo Alto over the weekend, police mentioned.
At round 1:32 a.m. Sunday, police responded to the world of College Avenue and Waverly Avenue after experiences of two males preventing. When officers arrived, they discovered two victims, a man in his 60s and a lady in her 20s, and a male suspect in his 20s. Police mentioned the male sufferer had quickly misplaced consciousness, whereas the feminine sufferer didn’t endure any accidents. The suspect instantly fled on foot.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect and feminine sufferer had been acquaintances and had been at a downtown bar and home get together with a mutual buddies that night time. The feminine sufferer left the house with the male sufferer and one other man, each of whom she recognized as homosexual. Police mentioned the suspect adopted the three on foot and regularly known as the 2 males homophobic epithets. After they obtained to College Avenue at Waverley Avenue, the boys parted methods from the feminine sufferer, whereas the suspect stayed together with her regardless of her telling him to go away her alone.
Because the suspect refused and proceeded to say impolite issues to her, the male sufferer returned and informed the suspect to go away the girl alone. Police mentioned the suspect then punched the man a number of occasions and whereas persevering with to direct homophobic epithets at him. The suspect additionally threw the girl to the bottom when she tried to intervene.
When officers arrived, the suspect then fled on foot, earlier than being caught hiding in a stairwell at an residence complicated on the 400 block of Everett Avenue, about two blocks away.
Officers tried to barter with the suspect however he didn’t comply, and when a police dog was introduced in, the suspect kicked the dog repeatedly, making an attempt to choke him. The dog bit the suspect within the leg and the suspect was taken into custody with out additional incident.
The suspect recognized as 26-year-old Alexander Joseph Furrier of Palo Alto was handled for wound to his leg earlier than being taken into custody. The police dog had a minimize above considered one of his eyes and will have injured a paw.
Furrier was taken into the Santa Clara County Jail on prices of felony battery, felony hate crime, felony assault on a police dog and resisting arrest.