Man arrested in hate crime attack on female relative because she is gay

Tuma Marks

Tuma Marks

LINCOLN, Neb. — Police in Lincoln, Neb., say a 20-year-old man attacked a relative with a crowbar because she’s gay, and investigators are treating the attack as a hate crime.

Tuma Marks

Ahmed Mohammed Tuma (left) and Nathan Marks

Ahmed Mohammed Tuma was arrested Friday on suspicion of attempted assault, criminal mischief and making terrorist threats, reported the Lincoln Journal Star. The counts carry a hate crime enhancement.

Police say Tuma and a friend, 20-year-old Nathan Robert Marks, decided to confront the female relative about being engaged to another woman. Police say Tuma tried to hit the woman with a crowbar as she got out of her car.

She retreated to the car and locked the door, and police say Tuma smashed her window and windshield, then rammed her car with his pickup. The women told police they believe the men were trying to push them into traffic.

Police believe religion motivated Tuma, who is Muslim, according to Officer Katie Flood.

Police say Tuma indicated that he believes the woman disgraced his family.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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