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Colorado man accused of Ontario stabbing was convicted in 2017 assault

Nolan L. Strauss, 26, accused of attacking man in Ontario restaurant on Saturday, Dec. 21. (Photo courtesy Malheur County Sheriff's Office)

Nolan L. Strauss, the truck driver accused of attempting to murder a local jobseeker in an alleged hate crime, was convicted in 2018 of assaulting a police officer in Nebraska, according to court records.

Strauss is being held in Malheur County Jail on charges related to the Dec. 21 knife attack on Ronnell T. Hughes, who was starting a part-time job at the Arby’s located inside of the Pilot Travel Center on East Idaho Avenue in Ontario.

Hughes was hospitalized in Boise but released just before Christmas. He testified before the Malheur County grand jury that last week indicted Strauss for second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree bias crime, and unlawful use of a . . .