A man has been arrested on suspicion of committing a hate crime after police say he stabbed a worshipper near a Simi Valley mosque.
Police said reports of people fighting sent them to a shopping center parking lot near the mosque around 11:15 p.m. Saturday. Officers separated the combatants and found that one person had been stabbed.
The fight began after a man confronted a worshipper and got into a verbal dispute, police said.
John Matteson, 29, was arrested nearby, police said.
The victim had non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital in stable condition, police said.
Matteson remained jailed Sunday on suspicion of making criminal threats, violating civil rights and disturbing the peace by fighting, according to a Ventura County sheriff’s website.
Oh I’m sure Attorney General Nathan Bedford Forrest will be all over enforcing civil rights in cases like this!