Marion County Man Charged With Hate Crime
A man from Ocala is charged with committing a hate crime, after making statements to a man he thought was Mexican and then stabbing him.
On Saturday night, the victim 45- year- old Harvey Delvalle and his cousin were hanging out at Terry's Bar and Grille.
Delvalle noticed, 59- year -old Monte Quinn Niblett kept staring at him in a threatening manner.
Witnesses said they heard Niblett make racial slurs about Delvalle.
"He kept looking at the victim with a mean strange look, but they never exchanged words. They didn't know each other. There was no history there. The defendant had made a statement that I know how to take care of someone like that, you stab them in the kidney and apparently that's exactly what he did," said Capt. James Pogue who is the Public Information Officer with the Marion County Sheriff's Office.
Witnesses saw Niblett walk over to Delvalle and stab him in the lower right side of his back.
A bouncer tried taking the knife from Niblett, but he refused and ended up cutting the bouncer on the arm.
Deputies arrived at the scene and arrested Niblett.
He was originally charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, but then deputies upgraded the charge to a first degree felony, because of the racial statements Niblett made.
A background check shows Niblett was arrested back in 2001, 2002, and 2003 on battery charges.
His bond is set at $10,000.
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