A California man was convicted of a federal hate crime for attempting to stab a black man during probation of another “racially motivated” assault.


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This July 5, 2020 photo, provided by the Santa Cruz Police Station, shows that Olehogen is being detained by a Santa Cruz police officer. Santa Cruz Police Station via AP

  • A man in Northern California was convicted by a jury at a federal hate crime on Friday.

  • The Santa Cruz man was convicted of trying to stab a black man while shouting a racial slur.

  • The incident occurred when a man was on probation for another “racially motivated assault.”

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A man in Santa Cruz, California, deliberately attempts to cause physical injury by a jury on Friday using dangerous weapons for a person’s actual or perceived race and color, federal hate crimes. I was convicted of the crime I did.

by Ministry of JusticeOle Hougen, 44, approached when a 29-year-old black man was crossing the road in Santa Cruz. Hogen pulled a 9-inch knife from his man and swiped it “multiple times” on the victim’s head, chest, and stomach, as he shouted at him a racial slur.

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According to the report from Associated Press, The victim was not seriously injured in the attack.

At the time of the assault, according to the Department of Justice, Hogen was on probation after entering charges related to the assault on another “racially motivated” assault against a black man in 2018. In criminal accusations against the source of law, Submitted in September 2020Hogen was involved in two other “racially motivated” assaults on black men in 2014 and 2018, the US federal prosecutor’s office said.

According to the Justice Department, Hougen was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and will be sentenced on July 26.

“The FBI worked closely with the Santa Cruz police to bring justice to this shocking and horrific attack,” said Craig Fair, a special agent in charge of the FBI San Francisco Field Office.

He continued. “The FBI uses all the powers given to us by federal law to investigate hate crimes aimed at threatening and intimidating the entire community. Hate and racial discrimination are here. There is no place and it is unacceptable. I ask members of our community to report hate cases to local or federal law enforcement agencies so that criminals can be brought to justice. “

US Attorney General Merrick Garland at the end of March Increasing number of violent hate crimes For Asian Americans I ordered a quick review for 30 days Find out how the Department of Justice can “deploy all the tools at its disposal to support” efforts to end hate crimes.

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