California KKK leader arrested for NC stabbing

EMBED </>More Videos

Two KKK leaders were arrested in connection with a stabbing in North Carolina: William E. Hagen, 50, (left); and Christopher E. Barker, 37, (right). (Caswell County (NC) Sheriff's Office)

A leader of the Ku Klux Klan in California was arrested for a stabbing in North Carolina that happened hours before he was to attend a parade celebrating Donald Trump's election, officials said.

William Hagen, the grand dragon of the Klan in California, was arrested for allegedly stabbing another Klan member.

On Dec. 3, a man showed up to the Caswell County Sheriff's Office after he had been stabbed in the chest. He told investigators the stabbing happened in a fight during a KKK meeting at a Yanceyville, NC home.

Deputies arrested Hagen and charged him with one count of felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

They also arrested Christopher Eugene Barker, 37, also a Klan member, and charged him with one count felony aiding and abetting the assault.

Hagen was being held on a $350,000 bond and Barker was held for a $200,000 bond. They are expected to appear in court Wednesday.

Hagen was in North Carolina to take part in a parade celebrating Trump's election as president.

Hagen was also involved in a "White Lives Matter" rally in Anaheim in February which ended in violence. At that event, Klan members stabbed several people, but prosecutors determined they acted in self-defense after they were attacked.

Related Topics:
kkkku klux klanstabbingdonald trumpNorth Carolina
(Copyright ©2017 KABC-TV. All Rights Reserved.)