3 Are Arrested in the Stabbing of Black Man That Officials Call a Hate Crime

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.

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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.

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