On a crowded street in Olympia, Washington, a Black man and a white woman kissed outside of a bar on Tuesday night. However, the couple’s public display of affection was met with a terrible act of violence.
David Rowe, a 32-year-old white supremacist, approached the couple, began yelling and immediately thrust a knife at them. The blade scraped the woman and went into the man’s hip. Rowe then took off, running away from the couple. The man, although quite injured, did not let the racist get away without putting up a fight.
The 47-year-old, identified by the last name Stevenson, chased Rowe and tripped him. On his way down, Rowe hit his head and was knocked unconscious until police arrived on the scene.
When police arrived, they attempted to get him into the back of the police car. As they struggled to do so, Rowe started yelling and behaving very odd.
“He tells them, ‘Yeah, I stabbed them. I’m a white supremacist,'” Lt. Paul Lower, a police spokesperson said. “He begins talking about Donald Trump rallies and attacking people at the Black Lives Matter protest.”
During his booking, police found tattoos on Rowe that read “skinhead,” “white power” and “hooligan.” One tattoo was of the Confederate flag.
Rowe was arrested and booked into the Thurston County Jail on two charges of first-degree assault and possible malicious harassment, which in Washington state is a designation used for hate crimes. Rowe had previously been imprisoned for a 2008 conviction for second-degree robbery.
Both victims are not severely injured and are expected to make full recoveries.
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