MELROSE—On Tuesday, June 15, a man was arrested for allegedly punching a 12-year-old boy in the face on Melrose Avenue. The Los Angeles Police Department took the man into custody on suspicion of battery.
The suspect was identified as Daniel Rankin, 50, who was arrested around 5:45 p.m. An ambulance was called to the scene, but the boy was not taken to the hospital.
Bystanders heard Rankin say he was going to, “kill the boy’s entire Jewish family” and they posted multiple videos of the incident on social media of the suspect.
Rankin faces felony battery charges, and according to records, no bail for the defendant has been set. The LAPD is still investigating the incident and has yet to release additional details about the incident.