David Hook, suspect in alleged hate crime, has warrant issued for arrest

Posted at 1:11 PM, Oct 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-26 16:14:32-04

A warrant has been issued for a man suspected of committing a hate crime back in September. 

The Kern County District Attorney's office confirms that the warrant for David Hook was issued Tuesday.

Back in September, a Bakersfield man, Balmeet Singh, who is Sikh, says he was eating dinner at the Habit Burger on California Avenue when Hook allegedly walked out of Blaze Pizza and was confronted by Hook.

Singh said of the confrontation, "He says you're trying to blow up this country, I should kill you. I'm going to kill you right now. And he used a lot of curse words and he seemed very angry."

Singh said he yelled back and Hook ended up throwing a drink on him, getting the beverage all over Singh's destar, his turban, his beard and his clothes. 

Hook now faces multiple charges, including battery and violating civil rights by force or threat of force. The second charge, which is a misdemeanor, qualifies as a hate crime. 

The DA's office says with the warrant issued, it is now up to the Bakersfield Police Department to arrest Hook.

The DA's office says Hook is aware of the warrant and can turn himself in.