Washington (State)

Homophobic slurs written on woman’s body in Tacoma hate crime attack


TACOMA, Wash. — A woman was choked and stabbed and had homophobic slurs written on her body with a marker in an attack early Sunday in Tacoma.

hate-crimesPolice are looking for the man responsible for the alleged hate crime.

The 45-year-old woman was attacked while looking for her dog that had slipped out of her house about 3 a.m. She was followed into an alley by the man who made homophobic slurs during the assault.

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

The man used a pocketknife to stab the woman in her breast, jaw, left forearm and left thigh. Then he tore away her clothes and wrote on her body.

“The suspect then grabbed the dog leash she was carrying and placed it around her neck and dragged her across the ground,” police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

Detectives believe the attacker was scared off because the dog either appeared and began barking or tried to defend the woman. The dog was at the scene when police arrived and found the woman lying in the street.

The victim was still recovering from her injuries, which included multiple puncture wounds and lacerations. The attacked stripped off the woman’s clothes and wrote the word “dyke” with a black marker and ballpoint pen on her left buttock and back, police said.

The incident will be the subject of a forum Saturday at the Rainbow Center, a support center for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Tacoma.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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