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Fresno Airport Stabbing: Man Attacked, Boards Plane Anyway

Fresno Airport Stabbing

First Posted: 12/06/11 11:28 AM ET Updated: 12/06/11 11:29 AM ET

An unidentified Sikh man in his mid-50s was stabbed while waiting for his flight on Sunday evening at Fresno's Yosemite International Airport.

The man was waiting for his flight around 5:30pm on Sunday in the airport near the security checkpoint with his translator when a 26-year-old white man came up to him and stabbed him in the upper torso, Fresno Police Lieutenant Tom Rowe told the Fresno Bee.

The suspect ran from the airport but was arrested by airport police on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. The Sikh man was treated at the airport and proceeded to board his flight, regardless of his injuries, which were not life-threatening.

Investigators have yet to determine if the stabbing will be considered a hate crime or not, the Associated Press reports. The Council on Islamic Relations encouraged the FBI on Monday to investigate the incident as such, according to MSNBC.

Police identified the man as Mitchell Dufur.

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