Damn, dude just started pounding on her after he realized she was a woman and not a man???
Via Dallas News:
An assault on a mother who was defending her child last month at a Mesquite playground remains unsolved and has been labeled a hate crime by Crime Stoppers. The North Texas Crime Commission, which operates Crime Stoppers, is offering a $5,000 reward for tips leading to the arrest of the man who attacked Sondra Scarber on Feb. 17. Mesquite police say Scarber and her partner, Hilary Causey, had taken their 4-year-old son, Jaxon, to the Seabourn Elementary School playground around 2:30 p.m. that day. Scarber says she tried to break up a fight between Jaxon and a 10-year-old when the older boy’s sister went to get their father from their car.
When the father arrived, he initially thought Scarber was a man and said, “Men shouldn’t pick on little kids,” according to Lt. Bill Hedgpeth, a police spokesman. When a woman the father was with informed him that Scarber was a woman, he beat the 27-year-old unconscious, yelling homophobic slurs during the attack, then took her Seattle Mariners baseball cap and drove away.
“Jaxon came up to me and asked if I was dead,” Scarber said. “I told him, ‘If I was dead, I wouldn’t be talking to you.’ ” The suspect was described as a 5-foot-7 black man who weighs about 185 pounds and has a distinctive haircut that’s short in the front and long in back. He was driving an early 2000s silver Chevrolet Impala with temporary tags.
Whether Scarber was attacked because of her sexual orientation remains up for debate, but Hedgpeth said that doesn’t affect the police investigation. He said when the case goes to trial, any sentence could be enhanced if the judge believes that bias was a factor. But because the suspect took Scarber’s hat, Hedgpeth said, the crime was elevated from an aggravated assault to an aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison.
Since the attack, Scarber has had surgery to fix her jaw, which was knocked an inch-and-a-half out of alignment, and may face a second surgery soon. “I still have to eat through a straw,” she said. “I still have to take pain meds four times a day. It’s getting better, but I’m going to stay loud and proud.” The case is still under investigation by Mesquite police.
Craziness. We hope she’s able to recover soon.
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