By CBSLA Staff

TUSTIN (CBSLA) — A woman who was punched in the stomach while enduring racial comments fought back by pepper spraying her attacker, according to Tustin police.

(credit: Tustin Police Department)

Police say the hate crime attack happened Sunday at about 10:42 a.m. in the 1600 block of Valencia, where a woman said she had been attacked.

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The woman told police the suspect had made racial comments and punched her in the stomach, so she pepper sprayed him. He ran away before officers arrived.

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Police did not say what type of comments the suspect made, or release any information about the woman who was attacked.

The attacker was identified as 42-year-old Jauhar Tajuddin Shuaib of Irvine. He was booked on several charges, including hate crime, assault, sexually motivated annoyance, assault in a public park, loitering, and disturbing the peace.

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Anyone with information or video about the attack or who may have also been attacked by Shuaib can contact Tustin police Detective Eric Haug at (714) 573-3246.