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An early morning assault in Valencia is being investigated by the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau as a hate crime.

Sgt. Ronald Price of the Santa Clarita Valley station said that a transient was sleeping in front of a business in the 23000 block of Valencia Boulevard when he was awakened around 3:40 a.m. Sunday by a man shouting racial slurs at him. The victim was black, and his attacker was described only as Hispanic.

The man who woke the transient then took off his belt and swung the belt at the victim, who was hit by the buckle. The attacker then got into a nearby car and left the scene; the victim was able to walk to the Sheriff’s station and file a complaint.

Anyone with information regarding the assault is asked to call the sheriff’s station at 661-255-1121.

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