Police Chief Shares His Pain And Anguish After Helping To Arrest His Own Son

Posted by Evelyn Rueda on Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Beloved California police chief, Chief Darryl McAllister, took to Facebook to share his pain and anguish as he had to arrest his own son for committing a crime.

On Monday morning, 71-year-old Sahib Singh Natt was attacked by two young men during his morning walk in Manteca, California. At the time of the attack, police officers wondered if the attack on the elder man was an attempted robbery or if it was a possible hate crime as Natt is a member of the Sikhism religious group. Natt  is one of two Sikh men who have been attacked in small Californian communities in the last week.

Men belonging to the group often wear turbans, have long beards, and wear long flowing clothing.  As Natt was walking along, video footage captured two individuals confront him as they began kicking him as he laid defensively on the ground.

While the second attacker hasn’t been named, police learned that one of the attackers was 18-year-old Tyrone McAllister, the son of Union City Police Department Chief Daryl McAllister.

Chief Darryl McAllister Helped Manteca Police Track Down His Son To Arrest Him:

In a lengthy Facebook post on Wednesday, Chief McAllister told of his disgust at learning his son, 18 year-old Tyrone McAllister, was involved after being contacted by Manteca Police Department, the investigating department. Chief McAllister shared that his son had fallen into a bad crowd and he was estranged from the family.

My fellow Union City Community Members:

It is not that often that I find myself sharing with the general public issues that pertain to my personal family life. I feel it is is a MUST that this be one of those rare occasions.

Throughout my entire time as your police chief, I have vowed to engage with you, be transparent with you, and stand with you as we work together to keep Union City as a pillar of community pride, trust, and public safety companionship. We have made such beautiful strides in that regard, but today we find ourselves with a level of concern (or at least curiosity) as it pertains to another city’s community crisis and its tangential impact on Union City.

By now you are probably aware of news stories about a 71-year old Sikh man was accosted by two young men as he innocently walked down a Manteca sidewalk next to a park. The two men confronted the man, apparently in an attempt to rob him, but when the elder did not cooperate, one of the men violently kicked the man in the chest, catapulting him to the ground, and then kicked him again several times as he lay defenseless on the pavement. The entire encounter was recorded on the security cameras of a nearby residence, and the footage of the crime was circulated all over Northern California news. The victim suffered only minor physical injuries, but as you can imagine, the greater Sikh community is devastated. While I was at National Night Out locations yesterday, several members of Union City’s Sikh community asked me if I had heard about the disturbing crime, and they asked me to weigh in on how we could prevent this type of horrific crime in Union City.

I am completely disgusted in sharing with you that, later yesterday evening, I received a call from the Manteca PD that the suspect in this horrific crime turns out to by my 18-year old son. He has been estranged from our family and our home for several months now.

Words can barely describe how embarrassed, dejected, and hurt my wife, daughters, and I feel right now. Violence and hatred is not what we have taught our children; intolerance for others is not even in our vocabulary, let alone our values. Crime has never been an element of our household, our values, nor the character to which we hold ourselves.

Despite having the desire any parent would have in wanting to protect their child, my oath is (and always will be) to the law and my vow of integrity guides me through this horrendous difficulty. My stomach has been churning from the moment I learned this news. Even though my status as a law enforcement leader has no bearing or relation to the case whatsoever, I am nonetheless devastated by how much the nature of my son’s actions are such a departure from everything I have stood for in my personal life, and in my 37-year policing career.

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 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.

About 10am this morning, Manteca police tracked, found, and arrested my son in Modesto. My wife and I worked with Manteca PD to help them track him down and arrest him. 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.

I wish to express my sincerest appreciation to so many of you from the Union City Community who have expressed your kindness and empathy for the victim and his family, the Manteca community, and for me. You are the true spirit of character that makes this community so great.

Chief McAllister

Tyrone McAllister was booked into San Joaquin County Jail on one count of attempted robbery, one count of elder abuse and one count of assault with a deadly weapon. The other suspect is a 16-year-old male who has not been named. He was arrested on the same charges and will be transferred to a juvenile facility after being processed.




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