Xavier Pabon, 30, of Banning, Riverside County, California, United States and Samer Jayylusi, 35, of Whittier, Los Angeles County, California have been arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department. They are both pro-Palestine men.
Pabon and Jayylusi were accused of being involved in a suspected hate crime attack on May 18, 2021 amid the violence between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. That day, vehicles displaying Palestinian flags drove by Sushi Fumi on North La Cienega Boulevard in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, California.
A group of men jumped out of some of the vehicles and asked the Sushi Fumi diners if any of them were Jews and two of the diners replied that they were, a witness told KTLA. A brawl ensued so staff at the restaurant rushed some diners inside, locked the doors and called police, the witness said.
“The Palestinians should have peace just as the Israelis and all Jews worldwide deserve security and equal rights,” one of the victims told CBSLA. “We are all one people but when gangs of Palestinians are roaming the streets of LA looking to inflict harm on Jews, they harm their own movement.”
The LAPD received several tips from the public about Pabon’s whereabouts. With the help of Inland Empire investigators and U.S. Marshal Service taskforce, LAPD officers arrested him outside Los Angeles at around 10:15 p.m. on May 21, 2021.
As a primary suspect in the attack, Pabon was taken into custody without incident. On the morning of May 23, 2021, he was released after posting $275,000 bail.
Just after 1:00 a.m. May 25, 2021, Jayylusi was arrested in Anaheim, Orange County, California as a second suspect in the violent crime. He was being held on $255,000 bail.
Both Pabon and Jayylusi were booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. The LAPD has yet to release their mugshots.