A California man is facing hate crime charges after he attacked Black victims with a metal pipe while yelling racial slurs, according to police.
Job Uriah Taylor was arrested on charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and hate crime in connection to the March 3 attacks in Santa Monica, California, Law and Crime reports.
Police said the suspect first attacked a man walking his dog. He then rode away on a bicycle and in a second attack, assaulted a Black man and woman with the same pipe he used in the first incident. The suspect hit them on the head multiple times while yelling racial slurs.
“Taylor yelled several racial slurs at the victim,” police said.
The first victim wasn't injured in the attack. The victims of the second attack were taken to the hospital where one was treated for a head injury.
Following the incident, the Santa Monica Police Department released a statement denouncing the hate crime.
“It is the mission of the Santa Monica Police Department to safeguard the rights of all individuals irrespective of their disability, gender, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and/or association with a person or group with one or more of these perceived characteristics,” police said. “Hate crimes have no place in Santa Monica.”