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Police: No evidence of hate crime, no evidence of hoax either in brutal attack on lesbian

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

LINCOLN, Neb. — Investigators looking into an attack against an openly lesbian woman this past weekend are not ruling out the possibility that the alleged hate crime may have been a hoax.

Lincoln Police spokesperson, officer Katie Flood, told media organizations that detectives have no evidence that indicates that the attack on the 33 year old woman was staged, however, police said they are also unable to identify any suspects in the case.

“We’re just investigating all aspects, including the possibility that it’s a false report,” Flood said. “It’s something we do every day — we look at that possibility with all crimes, whether it’s a robbery or a hit and run.”

Nebraska LGBTQ equality rights advocates have dubbed the victim “Rainbow Jane.”

The victim, whose name has not been released, told officers that she had been attacked earlier that morning by three masked men who barged into her house, bound her wrists and ankles with zip ties, cut her all over her body and carved homophobic slurs into her skin before dumping gasoline on her floor and lighting it with a match.

A source to LGBTQ Nation said Sunday that “the words ‘cunt,’ ‘fag’ and ‘dyke’ were carved onto her face and body, and that the assailants tried to set her house on fire.”

A community activist in Omaha, who is assisting in efforts to hold a vigil in that city for the victim, told the Omaha World-Herald, “We respect Rainbow Jane’s right to privacy. We’re also respecting the police’s job to look at every angle they need to in this investigation.”

When contacted by LGBTQ Nation on Wednesday, Tyler Richard, president of Outlinc, a Lincoln-based LGBT advocacy group, refused to comment or elaborate further than the following statement:

“Here’s what I know,” said Richard, “In Lincoln we have a very qualified and sensitive law enforcement. They have a history of support for the community and a willingness to bring in additional law enforcement if necessary. They will conduct the investigation in a way that gets to the truth.”

Beth Rigatuso, the president of Heartland Pride, said, “This is just me personally, as an individual, but I do not believe this is a hoax. From what I know of this person, I just don’t see that happening.”

Rigatuso added that the victim has been active in Lincoln’s pride organization.

The FBI field office in Omaha confirmed that an agent met with Lincoln police officials to assist in the ongoing investigation. Flood said that her department accepted an offer of assistance from the federal agency Tuesday.

Flood also confirmed that detectives re-interviewed the alleged victim Tuesday, and forensic investigators and crime scene technicians returned to the home Wednesday to look for evidence that might have been missed.

“We met with the victim again yesterday. She wasn’t able to provide any descriptions, other than three men, maybe white, wearing masks,” Flood said. “We don’t have many leads.”

Flood added that there is no evidence, one way or another, whether the woman’s injuries could have been self-inflicted.

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11 more reader comments:

  1. Sounds like the Police are NOT doing their job! Why not? Does the US Justice Dept need to take over?

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 4:06pm
  2. Because so many people are willing to hoax hate crimes by carving homophobic words into their skin….

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 4:08pm
  3. no HATE crime? the nwho carved DYKE on her stomach..the POLICE FAIRY?

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 5:15pm
  4. The police in nebraska are use to “seeing nothing”. Its been 20 years since Brandon Teena was raped and murdered and they drug their feet on that too. If youre not “straight” they cant help you.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 5:47pm
  5. It sounds like the police are choosing to take sides along with the haters. It all begins as bullying and then progressess to even greater crimes later on. I see the same kind of mentality that existed in the days before Stonewall, becoming a strong trend against us, again.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 5:49pm
  6. It’s probably a hate crime. However, women get brutally attacked all the time. Statistically, some of them are bound to be lesbians. It’s possible, though unlikely, that her sexuality wasn’t a factor in the assault.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 7:03pm
  7. I think checking every angle is a smart move. We all felt so bad for the poor woman who got acid thrown on her face- until they discovered she did it to herself for attention and money. People do crazy,f%cked up things for fame. If they are looking into it there could be merit. If its a hoax- shame on her. If not- I hope they find the criminals and skin them alive.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 7:26pm
  8. Given the evidence, how can this NOT be tagged as a hate crime?

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 7:33pm
  9. O.K. here’s from a homosexual male living in Lincoln, NE….I guarantee that the police department is doing everything that it can to ‘push’ this case under the rug….because of the state we live in….do we not remember Brandon Teena in Humboldt…look what happened there and to all of those associated with it….we are still part of the ‘good ole boy’ network here….that no one who is under suspicion of being ‘gay’ or associated with those who are NEED NOT APPLY!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 8:03pm
  10. just using the word DYKE and saying we found you is hate.

    Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 7:52am
  11. what a gueyes !!!! no evidence !!!! BS !

    Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 8:00am