21-year-old Albert Gallegos has been accused of viciously attacking a 92-year-old black man last month at a Houston Metro bus station.
Gallegos allegedly attacked and beat the man unconscious on Jan. 7 in an unprovoked attack in the 2900 block of Broadway. Witnesses told investigators that the suspect always goes to this area and tries to attack African-Americans according to the affidavit.
According to police, Gallegos violence toward black people stems from his mother’s relationship with a black man.
A warrant was issued for his arrest last week on a charge of injury to the elderly, and he was arrested Tuesday. Metro police called the beating a hate crime in the affidavit, primarily based on a documented history of violence against black people, the affidavit stated.
“After reading these reports about the suspect’s history I can clearly see the suspect is picking his victims on the basis of their skin color,” the affidavit said. ‘The victim in my case is a 92-year-old black male who has never deal with or had any type of interaction with the suspect.”
Gallegos’ court-appointed attorney, Paria Rafiee, could not immediately be reached for comment Friday afternoon.
Police initially had trouble identifying Gallegos after the Jan. 7 attack, but further investigation revealed his name, and a felony warrant for an aggravated assault charge issued in 2018.
In that assault, reported on Christmas Day, a knife-wielding Gallegos threatened to murder his mother’s boyfriend of five years because he was black, court documents say.
The mother told police that Gallegos had been angry about the relationship since it began. She was “extremely upset, visibly shaking, pacing and worried” when speaking to police, the documents say.
Gallegos reportedly fled before police could talk to him.
The following month, police said he walked up behind the 92-year-old victim and ambushed him, leaving him in pain for at least five days after the attack, police said.
Gallegos is currently booked into Harris County Jail on a combined bail of $35,000 for both the aggravated assault and injury to the elderly charges.