Security Guard Beaten in Apparent Hate Crime

Group of suspects shouted racial slurs during attack


Three men shouted racial slurs Tuesday evening when assaulting a uniformed security guard near an Oceanside high school, police said.

The guard, 45, was attacked shortly after 11:30 p.m. on the 1300 block of Division Street while lost and on foot, searching for a job site, Oceanside police said.

Three Hispanic men assaulted the African-American victim, whom officers found with a large laceration above his right eye.

He was transported to the Tri City Medical Center with significant head injuries and is expected to recover, police said.

The incident location is in close proximity to the Oceanside High campus.

The suspects, who remain at large, were last seen traveling southbound on the west alley of 400 Grant Street.

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