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OSBI investigates possible hate crime

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Posted at 9:30 AM, May 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-03 15:40:34-04

PITTSBURG COUNTY, Okla. - The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is looking into a possible hate crime that occurred in Pittsburg County Monday night.

According to police, a suspect allegedly walked into a Savanna, Oklahoma Superette gas station armed with a cane knife and stabbed the clerk in the back of the neck.

The suspect, later identified by police as Larry Johnson, then allegedly stated "There goes another terrorist."

When police arrived, Johnson left the store and ran towards his car, but the officer caught up to him and placed him in handcuffs.

Police say that because Johnson made statements consistent with a hate crime, OSBI will be looking into the case.

The victim was taken to the hospital and is expected to be ok. Police in Savanna say Johnson was also charged with assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly assaulting a firefighter in May of 2015.

CAIR Oklahoma Civil Rights director Veronica Laizure released a statement in part saying, "We welcome the investigation of this terrible attack as a hate crime and call for the attacker to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

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