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Stabbing of Black man in Ontario results in federal hate crime charge

Nolan L. Strauss, 26, was the subject of a pending criminal case in Malheur County Circuit Court when he was charged with a federal hate crime in Eugene U.S. District Court last Thursday. (Malheur County Sheriff's Office photo)

A Colorado man has been charged with a federal hate crime, accused of stabbing a Black man in Ontario last December. 

Nolan Levi Strauss, 26, was indicted in Eugene U.S. District Court on Thursday Sept. 17 on one count of a hate crime involving an attempt to kill, according to a federal indictment. He faces a possible life sentence if convicted.

The federal indictment stated that on the morning of Dec. 21, 2019, a 48-year-old Black man sat in the lobby of an Arby’s fast food restaurant in Ontario and waited for . . .