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William Hagen, right, shown at a Ku Klux Klan rally in Anaheim, was arrested and charged with assault with intent to kill in North Carolina. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

The California Ku Klux Klan leader who led a “white lives matter” rally that erupted in violence in Anaheim this year was arrested last week in connection with a North Carolina stabbing hours before a Klan parade celebrating Donald Trump’s election, authorities said Tuesday.

William Hagen and a second person were charged with assault after they stabbed another Klan member shortly before the victory parade about 20 miles away in Roxboro, N.C., according to Capt. Frank Rose, who oversees criminal investigations for the Caswell County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina.

Hagen and Chris Barker, who experts described as a national Klan leader, were involved in an argument with a man named Richard Dillon at Barker’s Yanceyville, N.C., home, according to Rose. The clash turned violent, and Hagen and Barker are accused of stabbing Dillon several times, according to Rose. Dillon was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released from a local hospital a short time later, Rose said.

Dillon reported the stabbing to sheriff’s deputies about 3 a.m. on Dec. 3, Rose said. Barker was arrested at his home a short time later, and Hagen was arrested later the same day during a motor-vehicle stop, Rose said.

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