CALABASAS, Calif. – A 14-year-old boy is recounting a terrifying ordeal after being violently attacked in Calabasas by a man who also assaulted a grandfather moments earlier. The incidents occurred on Tuesday afternoon, sparking fear and concern in the community.
In the first attack, Angel Sanchez Jr. punched a grandfather who was pushing his infant granddaughter in a stroller along Lost Springs Road, as captured on surveillance video. The shocking footage quickly spread on social media, alerting residents to the violent episode.
Minutes after the first assault, Nathan Manyari, the 14-year-old victim, was attacked on a bike path near Agoura Road while on his way to his boxing gym. Manyari described how the assailant grabbed at his shirt and repeatedly hit the back of his head. The teen’s coach, Gift Davis, was alarmed by Manyari’s injuries and immediately sought out help.
Sanchez was apprehended on Wednesday by authorities in Oxnard and booked for assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury. The motive for the attacks is not yet clear, although both victims of the assaults were of Asian-American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) descent.
Manyari, despite the traumatic experience, is urging the public to remain vigilant and take steps to protect themselves. Meanwhile, investigators are appealing to anyone with information about the incidents to come forward and assist in the ongoing investigation.
The community of Calabasas is left shaken by these disturbing events, and residents are encouraged to remain aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity. The incidents serve as a sobering reminder of the importance of community safety and cooperation with law enforcement.