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UPDATE: SCV deputies arrest hate crime suspect

Posted: July 27, 2013 7:41 a.m.
Updated: July 27, 2013 1:25 p.m.
 

A man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of committing a hate crime after allegedly stabbing a man after making racial slurs last week in Canyon Country, officials with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station announced Saturday.

The suspect, 20-year-old Omar “Swifty” Chaparro, was arrested in the city of Bell by deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Special Assignment Team for his alleged role in the stabbing, which took place July 19.

Chaparro allegedly came into contact with two men, a male black adult and a male Hispanic adult, on July 19 in the Jakes Way area of Canyon Country and began making racial slurs directed at the black man, according to sheriff’s officials.

Chaparro, who is Hispanic, also allegedly challenged the black man to fight and began advancing toward him.

The other male Hispanic stepped in to protect his friend, according to sheriff’s officials, and he and Chaparro allegedly began to fight.

During that altercation, Chaparro allegedly stabbed the other Hispanic man in the side.

Chaparro then reportedly fled the scene. The other Hispanic male was treated at a local emergency room and subsequently released.

Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Special Assignment Team received information that Chaparro was possibly hiding out at a house on the 6000 block of Gifford Place in the city of Bell.

After conducting surveillance on the address, deputies detained Chaparro and arrested him for his alleged role in the stabbing and on suspicion of committing a hate crime.

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