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Man is stabbed in road-rage incident in Stanton

February 12, 2010 |  3:07 pm

An early morning fight in Stanton between two groups of men that left one man stabbed is being investigated as an act of road rage, authorities said.

Officials have not ruled out the possibility that the stabbing was a hate crime because the fight included men of more than one race.

“We’re still contacting witnesses,” said Lt. Jeff Passalaqua, chief of police services for the Orange County Sheriff's Department in Stanton. “It’s being investigated as a road-rage incident. We’re not going to say that it has been completely ruled out as a hate crime. It’s too early to say. If that’s the motivation for the assault, definitely we will pursue that.”

Passalaqua said the brawl started about 5 a.m. near Beach Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue in Anaheim and ended about three miles south on Beach Boulevard in Stanton. It involved a group of white men riding in a sport-utility vehicle and another group, including Caucasians and an African American, in a sedan.

“There were some words exchanged,” Passalaqua said.

One of the men in the sedan was stabbed in the arm through a window.  He underwent surgery at a hospital, Passalaqua said. No further details were available.

--Ann M. Simmons