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Man Arrested After Stabbing Outside Of Simi Valley Mosque Called Possible Hate Crime

One man is in custody, and a second is being sought after a stabbing outside of a mosque in Ventura County which authorities are calling a possible hate crime.

It happened just after 11 Saturday night, on the 1800 block of Erringer Road in Simi Valley. Officers say John Matteson and another man confronted people leaving a mosque, Investigators say Matteson stabbed a man in his 30’s in the abdomen, seriously injuring the victim. Fortunately, the wound was non-life threatening.

The name of the victim hasn’t been released. Witnesses told detectives that based on comments by Matteson, the attack appeared to be motivated by the victim’s religious background. The Simi Valley man was arrested near the scene of the attack.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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