Lyndsay Winkley, Los Angeles Times, May 2, 2016
Investigators are calling the January stabbing of a black man a hate crime and have arrested three Latino men in connection with the slaying, a San Diego Sheriff’s Department official said Monday.
Hugh Pettigrew, 33, was walking home along Ammunition Road in Fallbrook when three men attacked and knifed him on Jan. 22 about 10:45 p.m., investigators said.
“After extensive investigation, we believe that the allegations support the charge that [Pettigrew] was targeted because of his race,” Lt. Kenn Nelson said.
The victim managed to walk a quarter-mile to the home of family members on Alturas Road, where he collapsed. He was taken to a hospital but succumbed to his injuries about two weeks later.
Investigators believe Pettigrew was randomly targeted.
Nelson said all three men are documented gang members, and detectives suspect they committed the crime to benefit their gang. Detectives don’t believe Pettigrew was in a rival gang.