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Man charged with hate crime in stabbing of Black man

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Posted at 8:12 AM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 10:12:46-04

PORTLAND, Ore. — Prosecutors say a Colorado man has been indicted on a federal hate crime charge after a Black man was stabbed in the neck in eastern Oregon.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports a grand jury in Eugene indicted Nolan Strauss on one charge of committing a hate crime involving an attempt to kill. Court documents say on Dec. 21, 2019, the victim was in Ontario, Oregon, in an Arby's restaurant.

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Prosecutors say Strauss came up from behind and stabbed the man in the neck. Prosecutors say he told an employee he didn't like Black people.

The man who was stabbed was flown to an Idaho hospital where he underwent surgery. It wasn't known if Strauss has a lawyer.