Tustin police arrested a man this weekend on suspicion of a hate crime after he allegedly made “racial comments” against a woman and assaulted her in a park, authorities said.
The suspect has been identified as Jauhar Tajuddin Shuaib, 42, of Irvine.
About 10 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to a call about a possible assault and battery along the 1600 block of Valencia Avenue, Tustin police said.
The victim told police that the suspect had made racial comments toward her and punched her in the abdomen. Authorities did not provide additional details about the victim or any specifics about what occurred.
She was able to pepper spray the suspect and he fled the scene before officers arrived, according to police.
Shuaib was located shortly after and taken into custody. He was jailed on suspicion of seven charges, including hate crime, assault in a public park, sexually motivated annoyance and disturbing the peace.
Anyone who has information or video regarding this incident, or any unreported crimes that may be related to Shuaib are asked to contact Detective Eric Haug at 714-573-3246.