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Police: Suspect sought in stabbing near California mosque

  • This Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, photo released by the Ventura County Sheriff's Office shows John Matteson, 29. Matteson was arrested on suspicion of committing a hate crime after police say he stabbed a worshipper near a Simi Valley mosque. Matteson remained jailed Sunday, Dec. 11, on suspicion of making criminal threats, violating civil rights and disturbing the peace by fighting, according to a Ventura County sheriff's website. (Ventura County Sheriff's Office via AP )

    This Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, photo released by the Ventura County Sheriff's Office shows John Matteson, 29. Matteson was arrested on suspicion of committing a hate crime after police say he stabbed a worshipper near a Simi Valley mosque. Matteson remained jailed Sunday, Dec. 11, on suspicion of making criminal threats, violating civil rights and disturbing the peace by fighting, according to a Ventura County sheriff's website. (Ventura County Sheriff's Office via AP )  (The Associated Press)

  • CORRECTS TO CLARIFY THAT MATTESON  WAS INVOLVED IN THE CRIME BUT DID NOT COMMIT IT ACCORDING TO THE POLICE - This Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, photo released by the Ventura County Sheriff's Office shows John Matteson. Police in a Southern California suburb are still seeking a man suspected of a hate crime for stabbing a worshipper near a mosque, authorities said. Matteson was involved in the crime, but he was not the one who wielded the knife and stabbed a worshipper from the Islamic Center of Simi Valley, police said Monday, Dec. 12. He was booked on suspicion of making criminal threats, violating civil rights and disturbing the peace by fighting, Ventura County jail records show. (Ventura County Sheriff's Office via AP )

    CORRECTS TO CLARIFY THAT MATTESON WAS INVOLVED IN THE CRIME BUT DID NOT COMMIT IT ACCORDING TO THE POLICE - This Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, photo released by the Ventura County Sheriff's Office shows John Matteson. Police in a Southern California suburb are still seeking a man suspected of a hate crime for stabbing a worshipper near a mosque, authorities said. Matteson was involved in the crime, but he was not the one who wielded the knife and stabbed a worshipper from the Islamic Center of Simi Valley, police said Monday, Dec. 12. He was booked on suspicion of making criminal threats, violating civil rights and disturbing the peace by fighting, Ventura County jail records show. (Ventura County Sheriff's Office via AP )  (The Associated Press)

Police in a Southern California suburb say they're still looking for a man suspected of a hate crime for stabbing a worshipper near a mosque.

Simi Valley police said Monday that a man previously arrested, 29-year-old John Matteson, was involved in the crime, but he was not the one who wielded the knife.

Police spokesman Sgt. Travis Coffey says the two men approached a group of people who had just left the Islamic Center of Simi Valley late Saturday night and yelled slurs at them. That escalated to a physical fight where one of the men stabbed one of the worshippers.

Ventura County jail records show Matteson was booked on suspicion of making criminal threats, violating civil rights and disturbing the peace by fighting. It's not clear whether he has an attorney.