Man Arrested In Sikh Grandfather's Stabbing Death

Police in Tracy, California, say they have no evidence suggesting the killing of Parmjit Singh is a hate crime, but will continue investigating.

Police have arrested a 21-year-old man in the stabbing death of a Sikh grandfather in California last week.

Anthony Kreiter-Rhoads, of Tracy, was charged with homicide on Saturday in the Aug. 25 killing of Parmjit Singh, a 64-year-old Indian immigrant who lived in the same city, local police reported.

Tracy police said they had no evidence suggesting Singh鈥檚 death was a hate crime.

鈥淲e do not have any more information to release as to what the motive was in the case,鈥 Lieutenant Trevin Freitas told HuffPost on Tuesday. 鈥淚t is a major focus of the investigation.鈥

Parmjit Singh was an active member of the <a href="" target="_blank" role="link" class=" js-entry-link cet-external-link" data-vars-item-name="Gurdwara Gur Nanak Parkash" data-vars-item-type="text" data-vars-unit-name="5d6e7d0fe4b0cdfe05761a60" data-vars-unit-type="buzz_body" data-vars-target-content-id="" data-vars-target-content-type="url" data-vars-type="web_external_link" data-vars-subunit-name="article_body" data-vars-subunit-type="component" data-vars-position-in-subunit="2">Gurdwara Gur Nanak Parkash</a> in Tracy.
Parmjit Singh was an active member of the Gurdwara Gur Nanak Parkash in Tracy.
Courtesy Deep Singh

The killing was the seventh attack on an elderly, turban-wearing Sikh man since 2011 in the state鈥檚 Central Valley and Northern California region, according to The Sikh Coalition, a national advocacy group.

鈥淚n light of this arrest, we expect that local law enforcement will continue to investigate this case thoroughly, including the possibility that bias was a motivating factor in this tragic murder,鈥 Amrith Kaur, the group鈥檚 legal director, said in a statement.

Singh was attacked while taking his evening walk near Gretchen Talley Park. He was left bleeding on the street and was later pronounced dead.

Police released security footage they said shows Kreiter-Rhoads running through the neighborhood on the night of the slaying, Freitas confirmed to HuffPost.

Police also released security footage of Singh walking in his neighborhood just before he was attacked.

Detectives searched Kreiter-Rhoads鈥 residence when he was arrested, but didn鈥檛 reveal what they discovered. Kreiter-Rhoads is scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday, CBS Sacramento reported.

A photo provided by the Tracy Police Department shows Anthony Kreiter-Rhoads, who is suspected of killing Parmjit Singh.
A photo provided by the Tracy Police Department shows Anthony Kreiter-Rhoads, who is suspected of killing Parmjit Singh.
Tracy Police Department

The homicide has stunned members of the local gurdwara, or Sikh temple, where Singh was an active member. Hundreds gathered last week at a community vigil, where neighbors remembered Singh as a 鈥渞ay of sunshine,鈥 ABC10 reported.

Singh鈥檚 family had offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, which police said was aided through donations from community members.

Community tips led to Kreiter-Rhoads鈥 arrest, according to NBC affiliate KCRA.

Harnek Singh Kang, the victim鈥檚 son-in-law, said he is grateful for the support of neighbors. He said the arrest is a step toward healing.

鈥淭here is some peace, yes,鈥 Kang said. 鈥淏ut eventually, it鈥檚 going to heal a little later.鈥

This article has been updated with comment from Lieutenant Trevin Freitas.

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