Suspect charged with attempted murder, hate crime for yelling "black lives matter!" before stabbing white man

by Bryan Brammer · Aug 28th, 2020 3:12 pm

Last Updated Aug 29th, 2020 at 1:06 am

Officers have arrested a Colorado man suspected of stabbing another man after yelling "black lives matter" Tuesday evening at an apartment complex.

Steve Sinclair, 33, is now facing attempted first-degree murder and hate crime charges, according to Aurora Police.

The victim, 29-year-old white male Michael Conner, told police that Sinclair shouted "black lives matter" prior to stabbing him.

Police say witnesses reported seeing Sinclair walk up to Conner and say, "I'm going to kill you and your dog." One witness said Conner tried to run away and defended himself with a stick.

The first officer on the scene found Sinclair with blood on his hands and torso. Sinclair approached the officer saying "black lives matter" and would not comply to the officer's orders. Sinclair also allegedly confessed, "I stabbed him, I'm a psychopath."

Sinclair was eventually restrained and is now being held at the Arapahoe County Jail. His first court appearance was Thursday.

Conner suffered serious injuries and family members said he will miss at least six weeks of work while recovering from his wounds.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with medical expenses.


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