Man accused of unprovoked attack on interracial couple

Police say a man who told police he was part of a white supremacist group stabbed an interracial couple outside a bar in Olympia in a case that has garnered national media attention.

Daniel B. Rowe is jailed on $500,000 bail on investigation for assault and malicious harassment.

Olympia police spokeswoman Laura Wohl says Rowe approached the couple Tuesday night and without speaking, stabbed the 47-year-old black man in the abdomen and also knifed his 35-year-old white girlfriend. Their injuries were not life-threatening.

The male victim was able to chase the 32-year-old suspect, who fell and was knocked unconscious.

Police say the attack appears to be unprovoked and that Rowe reportedly made racists statements to officers.

The Olympian newspaper reports (http://goo.gl/cBbNlO) that Deputy Prosecutor Joseph Wheeler said in court Wednesday it “has all the hallmarks of a hate crime.”

Public defender Christian Cabrera says Rowe recently moved to the Olympia area after living in Richland.

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Information from: The Olympian, http://www.theolympian.com



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