A man who is wanted in connection with assaulting a popular San Fernando pastor was identified by authorities Friday.
Henry Dominguez Chacon, 53, of Pacoima, allegedly assaulted Rudy Trujillo, known to many in the community as “Pastor Rudy,” on Wednesday.
The attack, which occurred in the 700 block of North Maclay Avenue as the victim was getting out of his car between meetings, left the pastor with a broken hip and a laceration on his head, officials said.
Trujillo apparently hadn’t seen Chacon since the suspect left his congregation at Faith Center in the city a few years ago, the victim’s son told KTLA this week.
Police said Friday that Chacon called 911 to report the incident and requested an ambulance before leaving the area.
After reviewing cellphone video of the incident and interviewing witnesses, San Fernando Police identified Chacon as the alleged attacker.
Lt. Nichole Hanchett said the fact that Chacon reported the crime was "very bizarre" and something she hasn't seen in her 22-year career.
Police released a photo of Chacon and described him as having black hair and brown eyes. He weighs about 210 pounds and is about 5 feet 11 inches tall.
He is wanted on suspicion of felony assault, Hanchett said. Police are hoping he will turn himself in and present his account of events.
Trujillo had hip replacement surgery and was released from hospitalized Friday, already cracking jokes.
"I got a new hip. Now I'm hip," the pastor is seen joking from his hospital bed in a video shared by his family.
Rudy's son Joshua Trujillo told KTLA his father is mobile and thanked the community for their continuing support.
“He’s in really good spirits, not at all afraid," he said. "He’s actually eager to get back and do his work.”
He added that the family does not hold "animosity or a spirit of revenge, rather a spirit of Christ that forgives."
Anyone with information about the incident can call detectives at 818-898-1261.