California man screamed 'homophobic epithets' while going on stabbing attack: police
Police Tape (AFP)

On Tuesday evening, according to KION, the Santa Cruz Police Department arrested a man who allegedly attacked a pair of men and stabbed one while screaming homophobic slurs.

"Police said the suspect was carrying two knives when he started calling the two victims 'homophobic epithets.' The victims tried to deescalate the situation, but the suspect attacked them, stabbing one of them in the leg before running off," reported Melody Waintal. "Just after arriving on the scene, Santa Cruz Police said they called Santa Cruz Fire and paramedics to transport the victim to a trauma center for a 'significant, but non-life-threatening stab wound.'"

According to the report, the 39-year-old suspect was shortly caught afterward with physical evidence on hand, and was arrested for "assault with a deadly weapon, violation of one's civil rights, threatening a person based on their perceived characteristics, and possession of a concealed knife."

The hate crime status raises his bail an extra $200,000.

This comes amid a spate of other homophobic incidents around the country, including another California man who tried to choke a police dog after being apprehended attacking a gay man.