The suspect, who bore numerous white-supremacist tattoos and made several racist comments to officers, indicated the attack was racially motivated.

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Two people were injured in what police say appears to be a racially motivated attack in downtown Olympia on Tuesday night.

The incident happened outside a restaurant when a 32-year-old white man, approached a black man, 47, and a white woman, 35, and pulled out a knife, Olympia police said.

Without saying anything, the suspect stabbed the man in the abdomen and caused a superficial knife wound to the woman. Neither injury was life-threatening. The male victim chased the attacker, police said, for a short distance and was able to stop him.

The suspect, who bore numerous white-supremacist tattoos and made several racist comments to officers, indicated the attack was racially motivated.

The Olympian newspaper is reporting that he told police he was responding to anti-police graffiti that had been left on a number of buildings in the downtown area last weekend, including on City Hall, and that he was part of a white-supremacist group. He also made references to opposing the Black Lives Matter movement, police said.

He was arrested and booked into Thurston County Jail on suspicion of assault and mailicious harassment.