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Oregon White Nationalist Arrested in Connection with Creswell Stabbing

Lane County Sheriff's Office

Jacob Laskey, who served more than 11 years in federal prison for a racially motivated attack on Eugene's largest synagogue, was arrested on Saturday in connection with a stabbing at a mobile home park in Creswell.

The Lane County Sheriff's Office says 37-year-old Laskey was booked into the county jail on investigation of second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, menacing and criminal trespassing.

The victim, a 41-year-old white male from Creswell, received medical attention for his injuries. The victim and Laskey knew each other and there are no indicators this crime was motivated by bias.

In 2007, Laskey was sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison for his role in the 2002 attack on Temple Beth Israel in Eugene. Federal prosecutors said he and others threw swastika-etched rocks, breaking glass windows while members were attending a religious service inside. Laskey was released in 2015.

Born and raised in Eugene, Anni started at KLCC in 2000 as a reporter and co-host of Northwest Passage. After graduating from the University of Oregon, Anni moved to New York City. She worked in education for several years before returning to her true love, journalism. Anni co-founded and co-hosted Dailysonic, a narrative-based news podcast. She interned at WNYC's On The Media, then becoming WNYC's assistant producer of Morning Edition.
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