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Man arrested in connection with hate crime against jogger

A man has been arrested for making homophobic remarks and attempting to hit another man who was out on a jog Saturday afternoon. 

Around 3:30 pm on June 25, MVPD dispatchers received a call that a man had just attempted to attack another man who was jogging on Vista Slope Hill near Shoreline Amphitheatre. Patrol officers immediately responded to the area and detained a man matching the suspect description provided by the victim.

During their initial investigation, officers learned that the jogger, a Mountain View resident, was approached by the suspect who accused him of following him. The suspect also called the man a homophobic slur. The suspect then attempted to hit the victim, but missed.

The victim, who remained on scene with officers, requested to file a Citizen’s Arrest for assault and for a hate crime.

The suspect, identified as 68-year-old Howard Walls, was arrested and booked into the Santa Clara County Jail.

“I am so disappointed that someone would target another human being based on their race, gender or sexual preference,” said Chief Chris Hsiung. “I have said it before – hate has no place in our community. I stand by that statement today and always.”

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