Police Not Ruling Out Gay Hate Crime Was Faked
A 33-year-old Nebraska woman told police three masked men burst into her house Sunday morning, bound her with zip ties, stripped her naked, carved anti-gay slurs into her skin and tried to light her house on fire.
The victim crawled with her hands and feet still zip-tied, naked, bleeding, and screaming for help to her neighbor Linda Rappl’s house after the attack. Police was called around 4 a.m. Officials have begun an investigation but as of yet have no suspects. (Inquisitr)
Now police say the attack may have been faked.
The Journal Star reported:
Police continue to investigate Sunday’s reported hate crime but say they haven’t ruled out the possibility that the 33-year-old woman staged the attack.
Chief Jim Peschong told the Journal Star investigators were not certain an attack took place, but he said Tuesday it was too early to tell whether the attack was a hoax. Police have no suspects, the chief said.
Capt. Jim Davidsaver said later the FBI had joined the investigation, and an agent was at the department Tuesday.
A 33-year-old Near South woman told police three masked men burst into her house Sunday morning, bound her with zip ties, carved anti-gay slurs into her skin and tried to light her house on fire, according to the woman’s friend, who spoke to the Journal Star on Sunday.
Lincoln attorney Megan Mikolajczyk told the Journal Star she was representing the woman who reported the crime, but she said her client did not wish to make a statement Tuesday evening.
“When she first told me about it, it seemed far-fetched and hard to believe,” said Dawn Thorfinnson, another friend who said she met the victim of the reported crime two months ago.
“It’s entirely understandable (police) are not ready to believe something this horrid would happen, and it would actually be almost better if it never did,” she added. “I would hate to find out anything that she said wasn’t actually real.”
In May a Colorado lesbian couple were arrested for faking a hate crime. They were upset that the neighbors told them to pick up their dog $hit.