Man arrested for allegedly stabbing worshipper near mosque

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of committing a hate crime after he allegedly stabbed a worshipper near a Simi Valley mosque, Simi Valley Police told KPCC. 

Police responded to a report of a fight that ended in a stabbing at the rear of the Smart and Final shopping center on Erringer Road about a mile from Masjid Al-Rasool mosque around 11:15 p.m. Saturday.

“When we arrived there were multiple subjects on scene, several people fled and we ended up detaining one person and transporting someone to the hospital with a non-life threatening emergency,” said Simi Valley Police Commander Roy Jones, referencing the 36-year-old male victim.

Police arrested suspect John Matteson, 29, for disturbing the peace, assault with a deadly weapon and a hate crime. Another suspect is still at large, described as a male in his late 20s, 150 to 200 pounds, 5’6’’ to 5’10’’ with a buzz cut.

Jones did not know if the victim and suspects knew each other and what specifically led police to suspect a hate crime.

“We hope to gain additional information from anyone who might have been in the area and might have seen the outstanding suspect and give us a better description or may even know that person,” said Jones.

Police continue to investigate, which Jones said will likely include looking at surveillance footage from the area.

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