Ventura County District Attorney Erik Nasarenko announced that Tyler Clark a 34-year-old man, of Ventura, was sentenced to 11 years in state prison after being convicted of a hate crime stabbing.
On May 5, 2021, Clark began making racial slurs towards an African American man inside of a Ventura convenience store. Clark called the victim the N-word and made other threatening statements. He then pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim, which led to a fight outside the store. Clark was later arrested by the Ventura Police Department.
Clark was found guilty by a jury on October 26, 2022, of a felony count of assault with a deadly weapon, a misdemeanor count of a hate crime threat, and a misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying, or obstructing a peace officer. The jury also found the special allegation of causing great bodily injury to be true and Clark admitted a prior strike conviction.
Deputy District Attorney Hayley Moyer, a member of the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office Major Crimes Unit, prosecuted the case.