SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (KTLA) — Police in South Pasadena on Thursday were looking for three skateboarders involved in a confrontation with a school custodian.
Three young men were skateboarding on campus when they were approached by 58-year-old Lupe Garcia, police said.
It was initially believed that Garcia was attacked by the skateboarders, but investigators later said it appeared that the janitor was the “primary aggressor.”
YouTube video of the incident showed Garcia approaching the skateboarders and asking them to leave.
He was talking into his radio and could be heard saying “and they’re not listening.”
One of the skateboarders responds, “I’m not (expletive) listening to you. Who the (expletive) are you?”
Video then showed Garcia slapping the skateboarder in the head and shoving him in the chest.
Garcia was then heard reporting into his radio that the skateboarder had pushed him.
Investigators said they were looking for the skaters to get their side of the story as witnesses or possible victims.
They were believed to be high school students from the Alhambra area.