Man stabs worshiper near Simi Valley mosque in hate crime, police allege

Source: Los Angeles Times

A 29-year-old Simi Valley man has been arrested and booked on suspicion of committing a hate crime after he stabbed an apparent worshiper near a mosque, authorities say.

About 11:15 p.m. Saturday, Simi Valley police received reports of people fighting in a shopping center parking lot in the 1800 block of Erringer Road, said Sgt. Adam Darough. The shopping center is “adjacent” to a mosque, Darough said.

 After officers arrived and separated those involved in the fight, police discovered that a man had been stabbed, Darough said.“During their investigation, [officers] discovered a suspect had confronted a worshiper from the mosque, and after a verbal altercation, they began to fight,” Darough said. “During the fight, [the suspect] stabbed the victim.”

Police found the suspected assailant, John Matteson, nearby, Darough said. Matteson was taken into custody and booked into Ventura County Main Jail on suspicion of a hate crime, Darough said.

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  1. I suggest that Muslims stand up and protect ourselves and stop being so far up the white Man’s but and hoping he will accept us. We can kill each other for less but now are victims to this. Smdh

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