The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said three suspects, described as white males ages 19, 20 and 25, were arrested and are being investigated for hate crimes in Lake Los Angeles, a rural area about 78 miles northeast of Los Angeles, on Sunday.
The three men allegedly attacked multiple Latinos in Stephen Sorensen Park, wielding knives and shouting, “Heil Hitler!,” according to Sheriff’s Department spokesperson identified as Deputy Maxwell.
A witness, who is Latino, told a reporter with NBC4 in Los Angeles he saw the young, white men harassing a Hispanic man who was in the park with his girlfriend. When he and a couple of his family members tried to intervene, the white men pulled out knives and attempted to attack them.
The men ran from the park when they saw deputies were called, according to officials. They were later apprehended in a nearby desert, according to the sheriff’s department.
Freelance photographer Don Luis Meza told ABC7 one of the men yelled racial slurs at him when he attempted to film him being detained in the back of a patrol car.
The incident has been confused with a separate stabbing incident in Anaheim, California Saturday that occurred when a Ku Klux Klan rally in Pearson Park turned violent after counter-protestors showed up.