Jarris Jay Silagi, 44, of Los Angeles was arrested for the attack. It happened just after 9 a.m. Saturday, according to the Beverly Hills Police Department. Officers were called out to the area of N. Rexford Drive and N. Santa Monica Boulevard for reports that a person had been attacked.
When officers got there, they found an elderly man who had a cut on his head after he had apparently been hit with a belt. Police said the man was with his spouse when he was attacked, and that there was no relation between him and the attacker. The man told police that while he was being hit with the belt, his attacker made antisemitic comments.
While it wasn't immediately clear if the man attacked was Jewish, a source told FOX 11's Marla Tellez that the man may have been walking to or from temple when he was attacked.
Police said Silagi ran from the scene, but after a search, officers were able to find him and take him into custody.
Silagi is facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon, attempted robbery, hate crime, and elder abuse. He is being held on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to appear before a judge on Dec. 12.
"This despicable act of hate against a member of our community will not be tolerated," Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook said in a press release.
Police are still investigating the attack. Anyone with information was asked to call the BHPD at 310-285-2125.