Man arrested and released on bail in attack on Jewish men outside LA restaurant
LOS ANGELES - A Banning man who was arrested as one of the primary suspects in last week's assault of several Jewish men outside a restaurant in the Beverly Grove area of Los Angeles has been released on bail.
Thirty-year-old Xavier Pabon of Banning was taken into custody about 10:15 p.m. Friday at a home outside of Los Angeles and arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.
Pabon was booked into a Los Angeles Police Department jail about 1:30 p.m. Saturday and held on $275,000 bail, according to the sheriff's online inmate locator.
The case will be presented to the District Attorney for filing consideration during the coming week, police said.
The department requested that his bail be enhanced due to the crime being motivated by hatred.
He does not have a criminal history in Riverside County, according to court records.
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The man was believed to be one of the primary suspects in the assault and beating of several Jewish diners allegedly targeted by a pro-Palestinian group Tuesday night, hours after a large protest in support of Palestinian rights amid the violence between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
The victims were confronted shortly before 10 p.m. outside Sushi Fumi in the 300 block of North La Cienega Boulevard.
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Police said one minor injury was reported. Mayor Eric Garcetti characterized the crime as an "organized, antisemitic attack.
"Jewish Angelenos, like all residents, should always feel safe in our city ... L.A. is a city of belonging, not of hate. There is simply no place for antisemitism, discrimination or prejudice of any kind in Los Angeles. And we will never tolerate bigotry and violence in our communities,'' he said in a Twitter post.
Councilman Paul Koretz said the restaurant incident was one of two attacks directed at Jewish victims over the course of 24 hours.
"Members of a caravan of pro-Palestinian protesters targeted innocent Jewish diners in a vicious attack while they were sitting outside a sushi restaurant, and a separate attempt was made by two drivers to run over a Jewish man who had to flee for his life. Both incidents were captured on video. These were antisemitic hate crimes that are unconscionable,'' Koretz said in a statement released late Wednesday morning.
"These violent acts will not go unchecked. We will do everything necessary to bring these criminals to justice and to restore order on our city streets. Late last night after being briefed at the Wilshire Division by LAPD, I visited the restaurant where the attack took place and met with a young man who witnessed the entire tragedy unfold,'' he said. "I committed to him that we will work diligently to deploy more resources to the region and bring justice for the victims who were brutally beaten. I intend to keep my promise to that young man and to our entire community.
Cell phone video showed a group of men get out of a car and start to attack the diners while yelling racial slurs.
The attackers were described only as men wearing all black. The restaurant apparently was not damaged, police said.
The local office of the Council on American Islamic Relations issued the following statement Wednesday: "As a civil rights and advocacy organization, we support everyone's right to free speech, the right to assemble and rally in support of their respective political views. However, despite heightened tensions in Palestine and Israel, it is never acceptable for that conflict to spill over into our streets and cities. Violence and intimidation should be condemned, investigated, and if warranted, prosecuted.''
The Anti-Defamation League announced a reward of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the assault on the diners.
The LAPD's Wilshire station urged anyone with information regarding the restaurant assault to call them at 213-922-8230 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.