Mountain View police arrested arrested a man for making homophobic remarks and attempting to attack a jogger Saturday afternoon.
Police identified the suspect as 68-year-old Howard Walls, a Mountain View resident, arrested him and booked him into the Santa Clara County Jail.
The authorities received a call that Walls attempted to hit a man jogging on Vista Slope Hill near Shoreline Amphitheatre around 3:30 p.m. Officers responded to the area immediately and detained a man matching the suspect description the victim provided.
After remaining on the scene, the victim told the dispatched officers that Walls has called him a homophobic slur and requested to file a Citizen’s Arrest for assault and for a hate crime.
“I am so disappointed that someone would target another human being based on their race, gender or sexual preference,” said Chief Chris Hsiung in a Mountain View Police press release. “I have said it before – hate has no place in our community. I stand by that statement today and always.”
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