YANCEYVILLE, North Carolina — A notorious California Ku Klux Klan leader has been arrested for the stabbing of a fellow Klansman in North Carolina hours before a Klan rally to celebrate Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential race.
William Hagen, 50, was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill in the stabbing at a home in Yanceyville late Saturday evening, the Caswell County Sheriff’s office said.
A second man, Christopher Barker, 37, was charged aiding and abetting an assault with a deadly weapon. Hagen was held on a $350,000 bond and Barker on a $200,000 bond.
Authorities say the victim, 47-year-old Richard Dillon, staggered into a police station following the brutal assault at Barker’s home, with several stab wounds. He was treated and released from a local hospital.
Hagen is the “Grand Dragon,” or state leader, of the Loyal White Knights faction of the Klan in California. Barker is the “Imperial Wizard,” or national leader, of the Loyal White Knights, and Dillon is a known Klan member from Indiana.
Hagen’s group was involved in a rally that turned bloody in Anaheim, California in February, when counter-protesters attacked the Klansmen as soon as they arrived. Klan members stabbed three people, but prosecutors determined they acted in self-defense.
Hagen often travels around the country to attend Klan rallies. Klan members rallied in Roxboro, North Carolina on Saturday to celebrate Trump’s election, but a rally planned the next day in Yanceyville failed to materialize.