Police Call Reno, Nev., Street Attack, Stabbing a Hate Crime

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Wednesday Oct 17, 2012

Authorities in Reno, Nev., are investigating a possible hate crime where a man allegedly attacked a woman and stabbed her male friend on the streets of downtown Reno on Thursday because she is a lesbian, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports.

According to police, the woman was with two friends at the 5 Star Saloon, a gay bar, in downtown Reno. One friend left the group around 5 a.m. to get her car and the victim and her male friend left the bar soon after.

Authorities say the victims told them that the suspect hurled anti-gay epithets at the woman after she walked by him on the street. The documents note that he had been standing on the sidewalk and the victim did not know him.

The woman told police that the attacker grabbed her shoulder, turned her around and tried to strangle her. The victim's male friend soon tackled the perpetrator and they struggled on the ground. Police say the man screamed when he realized he was stabbed in the leg. The suspect then ran away.

After the incident, the pair went to the hospital and reported the attack to the authorities.

Lt. Mohammad Rafaqat told the newspaper that hate crimes do not occur often in Reno. He said the attack would be considered a hate crime if the suspect tried to harm the woman based on her sexual orientation.

An FBI report from 2011 shows there were no hate crimes reported last year in the Truckee Meadows, a valley in northern Nevada, which is part of a small portion of Reno, RGJ points out.

In October 2001, Nevada passed hate crime laws that protect individuals based on sexual orientation. (The ordinances do not extend to gender expression or identity.)

Police describe the suspect as a light-skinned black male between 20 and 30 years old. He is about 5-foot-9 inches to 5-foot-11 inches tall and weighs between 130 and 150 pounds. He was unshaven at the time of the incident, had short black hair and was wearing dark clothes,


  • Cristasphoto, 2012-10-17 19:48:05

    THIS is one of the MANY reasons why I don’t go to gay bars...Cuh razy. This happens in Frisco too where clowns will wait outside of queer bars hoping catch some preyJustifiable in their minds because we are living an abomination... Ugh!

  • , 2012-10-17 23:02:57

    I happen to live in SF and have never been attacked here as an adult. Sorry, christa, but you are safer at home....

  • Cristasphoto, 2012-10-18 14:49:27

    Anon you are full of crap and you know it. Your just another Frisco denizen that tries to deny the reality of Sf. Robberies and assaults ARE daily perpetrated upon the queers in Frisco. Now just go away!!! Your a nuisance.

  • Pirmin, 2012-10-18 21:31:33

    Frisco is in Texas, and the word you are searching for is YOU’RE. Mom’s calling...dinner is ready.

  • Pirmin, 2012-10-18 21:34:47

    And it’s YOU’RE. Jesus people are stupid.

  • Cristasphoto, 2012-10-19 11:42:14

    Ps Ive lived in Frisco since 2000Ive been (they tried) to run me off the road yelling Faggot, Ivd had tire irons pulled one after the guy almost hits me with car while he ran red light. Yuppies were LITERALLY cheering HIM on. Ive been BATTERED by deputies in the hospital while a nurse called me a he-she. Ive had sisters burned in the face while smoking a cig as you cant smoke inside. Ive had people call me slurs and threaten me, then staff kick ME out when I complained. Ive had MUNI drivers encourage his son to call me a man and pervert, then he himself threaten to knock my teeth, when I called him the adult on it. My crime: eating in chinese restaurant on Church And Market Area. Ive been sexually assaulted IN THE HOSPITAL and staff didnt care. Ive had cops drive up call me a slur then speed off. I was at a tech conference as I was considering a career in tech and I had a sfpd cop point me out along with security as I was" really a man" thus I was most likely there to pickpocket or prostitute. Oh and thats about 1% of what I myself have had to go through. So buzz off now you silly little no good of male.

  • Cristasphoto, 2012-10-19 23:39:39

    One final word (not that you trolls are worth it), ive stoid uo fighting for ALL equality since 1996. I’ve gone to jail for it, Ive stood to LINES of cops in riot gear. Ive stopped by putting my body in from of other women, a baton being swung at her. Ive saved LITERALLY lives... It always irks me how the do nothing just love to tear down and insult those like myself who have fought for their attackers right to exist. Now go away. Go take you psych meds. Preferably the whole bottle. This world wont miss ya..

  • , 2012-10-22 08:24:58

    These haters have cancer i just hope they dont spread it to their children if people would just live their lives. quit trying to live, my !!!! haters Will die a horrible dead

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