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Man seeking job is repeatedly stabbed at Ontario truck stop in hate crime, police report

ONTARIO – A man who recently moved to the area from North Carolina was stabbed Saturday morning at the Arby’s Restaurant inside Ontario’s Pilot Travel Center on East Idaho Avenue in what police said was a hate crime.

The Ontario Police Department said in a press release Saturday evening that Ronnell Hughes, 48, was seeking a job when he was attacked “without provocation or communication.”

The attacker struck Hughes around 9:40 a.m. as he sat inside the restaurant. Hughes “suffered slash and stab wounds to his neck area and attempted to fend off the attack.”

Police said “several employees” intervened and subdued the attacker without getting injured.

Hughes, who is black, was taken to an undisclosed Idaho hospital, where he was reported in stable condition.

Police arrested Nolan L. Strauss, 26, of Colorado Springs . . .