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South Coast Man Charged With Hate Crime Following Stabbing

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Detectives say racial slurs, threats by man turned into physical attack

Ventura County prosecutors say they've charged a man with a hate crime following an attack which sent someone to the hospital with serious stab wounds.

Prosecutors say the May 5th incident started in a Ventura convenience store, when Tyler James Clark started yelling racial slurs at an African-American man. Investigators as the man tried to leave the store, Clark continued to yell slurs and threats. They say he then followed the victim outside and stabbed him in the torso.

Clark fled the scene. He was arrested nearby following a chase in which an officer suffered a minor injury. The 33-year old Ventura man is facing a felony count of assault with a deadly weapon with a hate crime allegation, as well as some misdemeanor charges.