Watch CBS News

Man Arrested For Hate Crime After Mosque Worshiper Stabbed In SoCal

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.

© Copyright 2016 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.