A man described by a friend as a “major Trump supporter” has been arrested after he allegedly stabbed a black man multiple times after getting off a bus in Oakley, California on Saturday afternoon.
According to police, Phillip Wade, 38, of Antioch, California allegedly drew a knife and stabbed 57-year-old Anthony Johnson of Pittsburg after the two got into a heated debate over sports and politics on a Tri Delta Transit bus.
A passerby in a car who witnessed the stabbing pulled over and drew his gun, ordering Wade to get on the ground and kept him there until law enforcement arrived on the scene.
“Wade’s Facebook page outlines increasingly hostile statements and threats towards Muslims and African-Americans,” the East Bay Times reported. “On May 19, Wade posted a threatening racist statement concerning former President Barack Obama along with the gun emoji and the emoji of a man wearing a turban.”
The East Bay Times also reports that Wade fatally stabbed “49-year-old Kann Cendejas, a homeless veteran, at a Chevron gas station in the 3200 block of Delta Fair Boulevard in Antioch. In March of 2011, Wade stabbed 23-year-old Justin Garza in the Brentwood BART park-and-ride after an argument on the train carried into the parking lot. Garza survived the incident.”
“He’s had many altercations over the years and it’s gotten more severe,” Gabriel Desta, a friend of Phillip Wade, told the newspaper. “He’s been very vocal ever since I met him, but lately he was getting paranoid. Unusually paranoid.”
Desta said Wade is “more of a follower,” who became a “major Trump supporter.”
“The other day at Mel’s Diner, he told a waitress that he would stab a group of black guys there,” Desta added.