VENTURA, Calif. - A suspect accused of approaching and stabbing a man at a Ventura liquor store last May was charged with a hate crime Thursday, according to the Ventura County District Attorney's Office.
Officials said Ventura resident Tyler Clark approached the victim and his girlfriend inside a store and called him a racial slur. That's when he pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim, which led to a fight outside the store, authorities said.
Clark ran away but was located by police a short time later. The victim has since recovered.
Clark is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, hate crime misdemeanor by threats, and for resisting a peace officer.
Clark faces a maximum of 16 years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 14.