An 18-year-old suspected of a recent robbery and assault may soon realize that his actions have long reaching consequences. When the young man appeared in court for his arraignment Friday, he grinned and made rude gestures at reporters. To make matters worse, he is in the son of a police chief. The man’s obvious lack of remorse is now drawing him even more attention.
“Tyrone McAllister, 18, was seen on video giving the finger and smiling,” at reporters, the Daily Mail writes. “He then dropped his hands to his lap before throwing up his middle finger a second time.”
The teen is suspected of the attempted murder of 71-year-old Sahib Singh on Monday. The man was attacked by two men while he was on a walk in Manteca, California.
The two men, both wearing hoodies, beat and robbed Singh. One of the men had a gun.
That person was later identified as McAllister. His father is Union City Police Department Chief Daryl McAllister.
Chief McAllister and his son are not on speaking terms. Still, the chief was surprised to be contacted by the Manteca Police Department about their investigation.
“Words can barely describe how embarrassed, dejected, and hurt my wife, daughters, and I feel right now,” he wrote in a statement.
“My stomach has been churning from the moment I learned this news.”
Chief McAllister then assisted in the arrest of his own son.
Tyrone McAllister, for whom bail has not been set, has been charged elder abuse, attempted robbery, and assault with a deadly weapon.
Another minor has also been arrested, though he has not been identified.
The message posted by Chief McAllister is one shinning moment in this otherwise horrific story. His display of courage and transparency could not have been easy to write.
“My son began to lose his way a couple years ago, while he was a juvenile, running away and getting involved in a bad crowd,” he writes.
“He pretty much divorced his friends and family, associating with people none of us knew.”
“He got into trouble for some theft-related crimes and ended up spending several months in juvenile hall.”
“As an adult, he was again arrested for a theft-related incident, and he ended up spending another three months in adult jail as a result.”
“Since being released he has been wayward and has not returned to our family home for several months.”
“He now faces serious felony charges for which, if convicted, he stands to spend a considerable about of time in prison. My family is shaken to the core. His sisters (one corporate and the other about to start law school), are at a loss to understand any of this.”
“It’s difficult for us to comprehend how one of three kids who grew up with the same parents, under the same roof, with the same rules and same values and character could wander so far astray.”
“We simply don’t know why, or how we got here. In the eyes of the public, no matter the irrelevance to the incident, the fact remains that the father of the perpetrator of this despicable crime is a police chief, period.”
“One cannot expect the general public (our Sikh community in particular) to factor in any sentiment that would distinguish this from the integrity of my family name. I pray that we, as a community, in conjunction with my family, can get through this and be even stronger as a result.”