Midtown Stabbing Being Investigated as Hate Crime

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SACRAMENTO --

The man accused of stabbing three men Sunday night in Midtown Sacramento is now facing hate crime charges.

Three men were rushed to the hospital with serious injuries after being stabbed on 21st and O streets in Midtown Sunday night.

The Sacramento Police Department said the men were walking when they were confronted by a group of people.

Investigators say words were exchanged that led to a fight.

During the altercation, Timothy Brownell allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed all three men, according to police.

One of the victims was Blake Abbey. He stumbled into the Press Club bar after the attack.

Witness Laura Bruce was there and called 911.

Bruce said Abbey told her the suspect was yelling gay slurs at him and his friends because they were wearing skinny jeans.

Police say the case is being investigated as a felony assault and hate crime.

Brownell left the scene and was arrested at an apartment on the 2300 block of Capitol Avenue.

Brownell was originally charged with assault with a deadly weapon and firearm possession after officers found firearms in the apartment.

The Sacramento Police Department later released a statement saying that the assault has been reclassified as a hate crime. A new warrant has been issued for Brownell's arrest.