Black Man Stabbed In Olympia In What Police Say May Be Racially Motivated Hate Crime
August 18, 2016
(OLYMPIA, WA.) -- Police say a black man was stabbed Tuesday night in Olympia, and his girlfriend was knocked by the attacker's knife in what may have been a racially motivated hate crime committed by a white supremacist
A white male, Daniel B. Rowe, 32, was arrested near the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Adams Street and booked into the Thurston County jail on suspicion of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon.
In Thurston County Superior Court Wednesday a judge found found probable cause for three charges against Mr. Rowe: two counts of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon and one count of malicious harassment, according to a report in The Olympian newspaper.
Rowe, who has a criminal record, allegedly told police he was part of a white supremacist group and that he had come downtown in reaction to "anti-police graffiti put up Sunday night," and that he had taken a “blood oath” to fight on the street
He also reportedly told police that if he were let go, he would head to a Donald Trump rally and "stomp out more of the Black Lives Matter group," according to the newspaper report.
The man who was stabbed, a 47-year old black man sustained a non-life threatening stab wound to his hip. He told police his attacker did not say anything before the attack. His 35-year-old white female friend was grazed by the suspect’s knife.
After he was stabbed the male victim ran after his attacker and tripped a running man, later identified as Rowe, who fell into a car and was knocked unconscious.
The judge set Rowe's bail at $500,000.