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Ontario stabbing victim picked ‘at random’ because he was black, affidavit says

Employees of Pilot Travel Center in Ontario and police restrain a suspect after a stabbing on Saturday, Dec. 21 that hospitalized Ronnell T. Hughes. (Frank LeClair/Special to the Enterprise)

UPDATE: This story includes new information that the employees who stopped the attack worked for Pilot Travel Center, not Arby's.

ONTARIO – A truck driver told police he stabbed Ronnell T. Hughes as he sat at a dining booth in an Ontario restaurant “because he was black,” according to a police affidavit.

Hughes, 48, a newcomer to Ontario, apparently never saw the man coming at him with a knife on Saturday morning at the Arby’s restaurant inside the Pilot Travel Center on East Idaho Avenue. The attacker slashed at Hughes’ neck, causing deep wounds that police later described as life threatening.

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