Anthony Hammond, 34, faces charges of assault and a hate crime after stabbing a man with a machete while yelling racial slurs. The Los Angeles Times reports that the attack took place over Memorial Day weekend in Clearlake, which is about 80 miles north of San Francisco.
Police were called after neighbors heard a man yelling racial slurs in the parking lot of an apartment complex. Before police arrived, Hammond proceeded to stab a man with a machete int he shoulder and went back into his apartment.
After an hours-long stand-off with officers after evacuating the property, Hammond was arrested, according to Lake County News. He now faces charges of aggravated mayhem, battery with serious bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon, felony resisting executive officer, hate crime, two misdemeanor charges of battery on a person and obstructing or resisting a peace office.
Hammond also had two additional felony arrest warrants. On the way to Lake County Jail, he threatened to kill the transporting officer and his family upon his release.
This incident immediately following other racist attacks warns of turbulent, violent times in America that can be connected to the rise in hate groups and hate crimes during the presidential election. In the past two weeks, several people have either been attacked or targeted by white supremacists.