A 14-year-old boy allegedly punched a San Diego rabbi and yelled slurs at him before riding off on his bike.
The boy, who has not been publicly identified, was arrested and charged with a hate crime Friday, a week after the alleged assault, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Rabbi Yonatan Halevy, 31, was walking with his father near his University City synagogue on Oct. 10 when the teen rode past on his bike, circled back and punched him, Halevy told the Union-Tribune.
"I was shocked, stunned, and hurt, but was grateful that my father was unharmed," Halevy said.
Halevy said it took police 42 minutes to show up after he and his father called 911 and that officers initially told him there was little they could do, even though he had a photo of the suspect.
Then, he called their boss. © Provided by New York Daily NewsRabbi Yonatan Halevy was attacked earlier this month.
Rabbi Yonatan Halevy was attacked earlier this month.
"It went from 'They can't do anything' to 'This is No. 1 priority,'" Halevy told the Union-Tribune.
Capt. Matt Novak, through a spokesman, "acknowledged that the initial response could have been better."
"Going forward, we will be having discussions and possibly training with officers to help them better understand and better respond to incidents like these," Novak told the Union-Tribune.
Halevy said this incident was the latest in a string of targeted attacks by local youths who have been heckling him outside his synagogue.