Grand Island police say Tyler Cruse assaulted a 64-year-man after trying to break into the man’s home early Tuesday morning.

Tyler Cruse

Cruse allegedly told Juan Hernandez he was going to kill him while continuing to yell racial slurs. He also told Hernandez that “he does not belong in America because he is not truly American,” says the police media report.

The victim exited the home to ask Cruse to stop trying to break in his front door “when Cruse began to brutally assault the elderly male,” says the media report. The crime, which occurred at 1124 W. Third St., was reported at 2 a.m.

The man’s sons heard their father’s cries for help and went to his aid, “but Cruse and another male fled the scene when the sons arrived,” says the media report.

Cruse, 20, was later arrested for third-degree assault, terroristic threats and a hate crime.

Hernandez was treated and released from CHI Health St. Francis.

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