May 7, 2013 11:54 PM by Associated Press
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Police say an elderly Sikh man is hospitalized in serious condition and a suspect is in custody after the man was attacked outside a Sikh temple in Fresno.
Officials say 82-year-old Plara Singh was attacked and beaten with an iron bar outside the Nanaksar Sikh Temple around 7 a.m. Sunday.
Family members say Singh - who goes to the temple every day - had just left the temple when he was attacked. He's in a local hospital where he's being treated for head wounds, broken bones and ribs.
Fresno police Sgt. Jaime Rios says investigators have arrested Gilbert Garcia on charges of assault with a deadly weapon. They're also investigating the attack as a possible hate crime. Police did not release any additional information about the suspect.
Temple officials say the attack was not a robbery and Singh had never seen the man before.
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