SIMI VALLEY (AP) — A man has been arrested on suspicion of committing a hate crime after police say he stabbed a worshiper near a Simi Valley mosque.
Police said reports of people fighting sent them to a shopping center parking lot near the mosque at around 11:15 p.m. Saturday. Officers separated the combatants and found that one person had been stabbed.
Police say the fight began after a man confronted a worshipper and got into a verbal dispute.
Twenty-nine-year-old John Matteson was arrested nearby.
Police say the victim had non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital in stable condition.
According to a Ventura County sheriff’s website, Matteson remained jailed Sunday on suspicion of making criminal threats, violating civil rights and disturbing the peace by fighting.
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