Sacto 9-1-1
May 27, 2008
Police: Man's attack of two transgender men a hate crime

William Lee Johnson.jpgFrom Ryan Lillis:

In what police have labeled a hate crime, a 34-year-old man attacked two transgender homeless men Saturday afternoon, but was arrested after one of the victims stabbed him in the leg, according to Sacramento police.

William Lee Johnson, left, attacked the men at about 2:01 p.m. near the Longview Drive on-ramp to I-80 near Del Paso Park, according to police records. Johnson is a "validated skinhead," according to a police report.

Johnson called the victims a name and began beating one of them on the ground, police said. The victim pulled out a knife and stabbed Johnson in the leg, inflicting a non-life threatening injury, according to police.

Johnson was booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of robbery, battery against a peace officer and interfering with one's civil rights - commonly referred to as a hate crime, according to jail records.

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