A stranger approached a person sitting in his automobile and made a “derogatory comment towards Hispanics” earlier than throwing gasoline on him and attempting to ignite a hearth, California police stated.
The sufferer, who was not harmed, drove away earlier than the person may use a lighter to begin a hearth in Westminster on Wednesday, Sept. 21, in line with a news launch from the Westminster Police Department.
Danh Nguyen, 36, who was later arrested, fled in a automobile “he did not have permission to have,” police stated.
Officers tried to cease Nguyen after discovering him close to Bushard Street and Westminster Avenue, police stated. Nguyen, nonetheless, didn’t cease.
A brief pursuit ended after Nguyen “ran into a small planter wall” at Brookhurst Street and Hazard Avenue, police stated.
Nguyen was booked into jail on counts of tried homicide, tried arson and civil rights violations, police stated.
Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime, Kevin MacCormick with the Westminster Police Department advised McClatchy News.
Nguyen’s bail was set at $1,000,100, in line with jail information.
Westminster is about 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles.