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California prison guard is arrested for 'racially abusing Asian bank manager at Wells Fargo then attacking him outside when he finished work because he told him to wear a mask'

 A California prison guard was arrested for allegedly racially abusing and attacking a Wells Fargo bank manager who told him to wear a mask in the building. 

James Allen Jones Jr., 50, of Grover Beach, California was arrested on suspicion on Tuesday following a 10-day investigation for the September 3 attack on the victim. 

The Grover Beach Police Department obtained warrants to search his home and property and arrested him at his job California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo on suspicion of committing a hate crime, making criminal threats and battery with serious bodily injury. 

The bank manager told the San Luis Obispo Tribune that a customer became upset when he asked the man to put on a mask, as required by local health orders, called him a racist slur and caused a commotion in the lobby. 

Later that evening, the manager said the man showed up in the parking lot in the central California city of Grover Beach and fought with him. The man fled before police arrived.

The department launched the investigation after articles of Jones's clothing were found at the scene. 

Grover Beach Police Chief John Peters said investigators identified Jones as the suspect after interviewing witnesses and gathering surveillance video and still photos of him.  

'Hateful speech, violent behavior, racism, bigotry and prejudice of all forms are not acceptable, and they have no place in our society," Peters said in a news release. 

'The city of Grover Beach is committed to fostering a collaborative, safe and culturally diverse environment for its residents, workers, business owners and tourists.'

Peters said police will present their case and ask San Luis Obispo County prosecutors to file charges next week. Jones was released from custody after posting $50,000 bail.

 'Hate crime investigations are sensitive cases that are taken very seriously by the Police Department and the department takes caution in releasing information,' the department said.  

The attack happened in the parking lot of the Wells Fargo in Grover Beach, California after Jones yelled racist slurs at him hours before

The attack happened in the parking lot of the Wells Fargo in Grover Beach, California after Jones yelled racist slurs at him hours before 

Jones was arrested at the California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo County, where he worked as a security guard

Jones was arrested at the California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo County, where he worked as a security guard

'Our officers and investigators spent several days following up on many leads, conducting numerous interviews of witnesses, conducted multiple follow-up interviews with the victim, collected several articles of evidence and ultimately identified a suspect that was not known during the preliminary stages of the investigation.

'In this case, the distribution of preliminary information could have negatively impacted our investigative efforts and could have resulted in inaccurate witness statements, the loss of physical evidence and the suspect evading capture.'

 Jones, a 27-year employee, is on administrative leave pending the outcome of his case, and the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is cooperating with the investigation, spokeswoman Vicky Waters said. She would not specify if he is on paid or unpaid time off.


'The details of this incident are deplorable, and CDCR does not tolerate this type of behavior on or off duty," Waters said. 

'This does not represent our department, nor the standards and expectations we have of our staff.'

It's not known whether Jones has an attorney who can speak on his behalf. 

It's one of several instances of violence or threats that have been reported nationwide by workers trying to enforce COVID-19 restrictions at businesses, schools and elsewhere.

 In August, a man was stabbed and a radio reporter were attacked during an anti-vaccine protest that occurred in Los Angeles. 

An anti-vaccination protester holds a sign reading "Stop the Needle Rape" during a rally near City Hall

An anti-vaccination protester holds a sign reading 'Stop the Needle Rape' during a rally near City Hall 

 The fighting started around 2pm on August 14 after anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers - many of whom are affiliated with the Proud Boys - clashed with counter-protesters from Antifa outside the Los Angeles City Hall and Police Department - as the city reimposes stricter mandates because of rising COVID cases.   

Anti-vaxxers held the rally, dubbed the 'Choose Freedom March,' to protest against what they described as 'medical tyranny' of mandatory vaccinations and vaccine passports.

They were confronted by a counter-protest - calling itself 'No Safe Space for Fascists'.

Both sides were seen in videos lining up in the street with fists raised and engaging in hand-to-hand combat. Both sides threw punches and wrestled to the ground.

Prison shank-like weapons and knifes were allegedly used to stab people on both sides.

Bloody chaos unfolded after the anti-vaxxers harassed the skateboarders in front of what appeared to be dozens of police officers, who didn't immediately stop the fight.

 It took three minutes for the police to get involved after the fight broke out. 

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