VALE — A plea hearing for a Colorado man accused of a racially-motivated stabbing that took place in December has been delayed.
Nolan Strauss, 26, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was originally scheduled to have a plea hearing on Friday in front of Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew Shirtcliff. However, according to court records the defense was not present for the hearing as the jail was unable to bring Strauss to the hearing due to his behavior.
His next plea hearing has been tentatively scheduled for Wednesday.
On Dec. 27, Strauss was arraigned on attempted murder in the second degree, assault in the first degree, bias crime in the first degree and unlawful use of a weapon.
Strauss, a long-haul semi driver, had been in Ontario for a few days before he allegedly stabbed a man at a local fast-food restaurant on Dec. 21.
According to information from the Ontario Police Department, Strauss was restrained by several employees inside the Pilot truck stop on East Idaho Avenue when officers arrived on scene.
The victim, Ronnell Hughes, 48, who was at Arby’s on a job-seeking visit, was found nearby with “multiple stab wounds to his neck area.”
Police say Strauss approached Hughes, who was seated at the time, “without provocation or communication” then began attacking him with a knife.
Hughes attempted to fend off the attack, but suffered “at least two” slash and stab wounds to his neck area before employees came to his aid, according to police records.
None of the employees who intervened were injured.