Two Ku Klux Klan leaders were arrested in North Carolina over the weekend in connection with a stabbing before a Klan parade honoring Donald Trump, The New York Times reports.
One of the leaders organized a “White Lives Matter” rally in Anaheim, California, earlier this year.
William Hagen, 50, is the grand dragon of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. He, along with Klan leader, Chris Barker, 37, were accused of stabbing a third Klan member.
The two men appeared in court on Wednesday.
The victim, 47-year-old Richard Dillon, had stumbled into the lobby of the sheriff’s office at 3:15 a.m. Saturday with several stab wounds, officials say. He was treated and released at a local hospital for his injuries, which are said to have accrued at a Klan meeting in Mr. Barker’s home in East Yanceyville, N.C., according to a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.
The attack, which took place hours before a scheduled KKK parade, happened on Saturday in Roxboro, N.C. The parade was billed as a celebration of Trump’s presidential victory.
Despite the president-elect saying he disavows the support of the Klan, neo-Nazis and other White supremacists, he continues to have their support.
Hagen was arrested during a traffic stop and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury. Barker was arrested before the parade. He was charged with aiding and abetting assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury, the sheriff’s office said.
Both men are being held in lieu of bond.