“He yelled and then threw a drink at me, which got all over my turban, beard, clothes and phone,” Balmeet said.
After this, the man walked towards the parking lot and Balmeet followed him to get his description, vehicle number and licence plate number, which he gave to police. Balmeet said he never expected anything like that to happen in his city.
“Everything I do is here in Kern County, and to have someone tell me that I’m trying to blow up the country and I’m going to cause some harm is shocking,” he said. Balmeet said the worst part of about the incident was that several people saw what happened and no one stepped in to help.
A report was filed at the Bakersfield police department (BPD) and they are investigating it as a hate incident, police said. “We do have a potential suspect, but the incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police,” the BPD said.