A Washington state man is accused of stabbing an interracial couple and mentioning Donald Trump to police afterwards.
Daniel Rowe, 32, is accused of stabbing a black man he saw kiss a white woman outside an Olympia bar. Police say the attack was unprovoked and motivated by racism.
They also say that Rowe made disparaging comments about the Black Lives Matter movement. The attack occurred on Aug. 16 outside an Olympia bar.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Rowe Claimed to be a White Supremacist & Talked About Donald Trump, Police Say
Police said that Rowe mentioned the Republican presidential candidate once they took him into custody.
“He tells them, ‘Yeah, I stabbed them. I’m a white supremacist,’” said Lt. Paul Lower, a police department spokesman, according to Salon. “He begins talking about Donald Trump rallies and attacking people at the Black Lives Matter protest.”
Komo News says that court records allege Rowe told police he “took a blood oath to fight on the street, and if he was let go tonight, he planned on heading down to the next Donald Trump rally and stomping out more of the Black Lives Matter group.”
2. Police Say Rowe Used a Racial Slur & Also Stabbed The Woman
Salon says Rowe yelled a racial slur and “lunged with his knife,” according to police.
“The blade grazed the woman and went into the man’s hip, according to a news release from Olympia police,” said Salon.
3. Rowe Has Racist Tattoos & Came Downtown Because he Heard Black Lives Matter Was There, Reports Say
Court documents say Rowe, who is from Richland, has tattoos that say “Skinhead,” “White Power,” and “Hooligan” draped in a Confederate flag, Komo News says.
According to Komo News, Rowe “told police he was part of a white supremacy group and had come to downtown Olympia because he had heard that the Black Lives Matter movement had left anti-police graffiti downtown.”
4. The Male Victim Tackled Rowe & Restrained Him at The Scene, Police Say
The African-American man was stabbed in the hip but “was able to tackle the suspect and restrain him on the ground until police arrived. His injuries were minor, as were the woman’s,” said Yahoo News, according to police officials.
Q13Fox says the couple was standing outside a restaurant at 4th Ave. E. and Adams St. SE when they were attacked and that the man “held down” Rowe until police got there.
5. Rowe Is Being Held on $500,000 Bail & Faces Hate Crime Charges
KTLA says Rowe was charged with “two counts of first degree assault and one count of malicious harassment under Washington State’s ‘hate crime’ law.”
The City of Olympia has a page devoted to reporting hate crimes on its website.
The TV station says Rowe is being held on $500,000 bail and quoted the police spokeswoman as saying, “The suspect spouted white supremacist sayings and made many many references to racist things.”
The interracial couple was not identified.
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