California Man Arrested for Allegedly Yelling ‘White Power’ And Trying To Stab Black Guy
A 36-year-old California man allegedly yelled “white power” at bystanders, then tried to stab an African American man he did not know in front of a billiards hall.
Police received a call about 5:00 p.m. on Thursday reporting that a man was wielding a knife and threatening to stab people in front of the business, according to Costa Mesa Police Lt. Greg Scott.
[su_center_ad]The suspect was identified as Claude D. Wyman, a parolee.
“Officers learned that minutes earlier, Wyman had forced a near violent confrontation with several bystanders whom Wyman did not personally know,” Scott said. “According to witnesses, without provocation, Wyman had purposely shoved his chest against the chest of an African American male adult who happened to be standing in front of the billiards hall. Wyman next reportedly called the male a racial slur and threatened to kill him.”
According to OC Weekly, Wyman allegedly turned his attention to two other men in the parking lot, neither of whom knew the first African American male. Those two were black men and a Hispanic man was reportedly targeted as well.
Wyman allegedly brandished the knife toward the two “in a threatening manner, before abruptly turning his attention back toward the first male,” Scott said, adding the knifeman “made several stabbing motions” at the African American fellow, who had to pick up a small cocktail table to use as a shield from the attack.
Wyman then got on a bicycle and rode off westbound where he was confronted by police officers.
The suspect is accused of refusing to comply with commands and had to be held at gunpoint before cops could safely handcuff him, Scott said.
While searching Wyman, a large folding knife in the locked open position was discovered inside a front pants pocket, according to Scott. Wyman was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, making a terrorist threat, hate crimes, violating parole and a gang enhancement.
He’s held without bail. According to witnesses, the attack was unprovoked.
According to the Orange County Register, in November 2013, Wyman pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of public intoxication. About a month later, he was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon.
In 1995, he was sentenced to seven years in state prison after being convicted of attempted murder, assault with a firearm, and two criminal gang enhancements.
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