Woman attacked on street in Tacoma in what police are treating as hate crime

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TACOMA — A 45-year-old woman was attacked early Sunday morning in what police are treating as a hate crime, police said Monday.

The woman was attacked at about 2:45 a.m. as she left her home to look for her dog, who had run off. Police said that as she walked in the 900 block of East 51st Street, she passed a man and asked if he’d seen a dog run by. He pointed in a direction and she began walking that way.

Police said she was then knocked down from behind by the man, who called her names and wrote on her, stabbed her multiple times with a pocketknife and then took her dog leash and choked her with it.

The News Tribune of Tacoma reported that the man kept saying to her, “Are you a dyke? God hates fags.”

The attacker stabbed her in her breast, jaw, left forearm and left thigh, the paper said. He tore away her clothes and wrote on her body.

The man then ran off.

The woman was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The man was described as being about 25 years old, having a Hispanic accent, being drunk and wearing a Seahawks baseball cap and Seahawks sweatshirt.

“It is being treated as a hate crime due to the derogatory names he wrote on her and what he said to her,” Tacoma police Sgt. Loretta Cool said.

Community leaders, Oasis Youth Center, and Rainbow Center announced later they are co-hosting a forum in response to an anti-LGBTQ hate crime. The community forum will be held at the Oasis and Rainbow Center building, 2215 Pacific Avenue, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The whole community is invited to participate.

 

 

 

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6 comments

  • beaverhausenindahausen

    I have a question- now, just stick with me on this one…
    (for the main jist stick to all caps)

    WHEN HE ACCOSTED HER, DID THE YOUNG, SEEMINGLY AVERAGE
    (Average enough to get that close to without sensing danger)
    VAGUELY COMMON,
    (yet rich in nearly helpful stereotype – matching distinctions)
    LONER
    (on Saturday night? @25yrs old? With money for alcohol and Matching seahawks gear?)
    E. S. L.
    [nglish]as[econd[anguage]
    (but clearly fluent in gaybashanese ….even while engaged a HATE driven assault on a woman who’s DOG is likely near by… still talkin smack and not in Spanish. Huh.)
    SLIGHTLY-INHEBRIATED,
    (But Not too drunk to write)
    SEAHAWKS-LOYAL,
    (Even just a week after that one yard line pass thing?)
    MARKER-WIELDING, KNIFE-WELDING (and LEASH-WELDING, mind you),
    (All of that bulls* in his pockets, but no phone or change or random sh*t getting in his way the whole time?)
    GOD-BOTHERING HOMOPHOBIC MYSTERY ASSAILANT WRITE ON HER BACK, OR JUST HER FRONT? WERE THE STAB WOUNDS CONSISTENT WITH THE WRITING IN TERMS OF DOMINANT HAND USE?

    Just sayin’……
    Who’s to say it didn’t happen… I mean, in Tacoma, on 51st. At 2:30am. Something doesn’t jibe here. Maybe if she had imagined it happening in Lakewood, MAYBE.

    wow.

  • yup

    I just want to take this moment to thank the idiot progressives who, instead of focusing on the rights of people like this victim and others who are likely to be good citizens and contribute a lot of talent and intelligence to society, invite a bunch of scum from mexico into this country who are haters. That’s right, progressives, your pet mexicans AND muslims are a bunch of woman hating gay bashing scum. Thanks so much for polluting my country with them.

  • Stephanie

    Wtf is wrong with you people?!? This is a real person you’re talking about! She’s a good friend, partner & mother. How dare you victimize someone who has already been brutally attacked!! Beaverhauseindahausen you are a douchebag!