Do You Recognize Woman Whose "Sexual Orientation" Remark Led to Assault?

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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A surveillance photo of a woman wanted for questioning by Denver police. Another image and more below.
A woman stopping into a local convenience store to get a beverage is hardly news. But a woman who makes a remark about a fellow patron's sexual orientation before following and helping to assault him certainly is.

The latter scenario helps explain why Denver cops want to talk to the woman seen here and in a larger photo below -- and they'd like to chat with a companion who allegedly participated in the beating, too. Continue for details, a larger version of this photo and more.

See also: Bias Motivated Crime Suspect: You Came to America to Get Your Ass Kicked

According to the Denver Police Department, the incident took place at around 8:30 a.m. on August 28 at a Circle K located on the 1300 block of West Colfax, an area captured in the following interactive graphic. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."


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What happened? The DPD maintains that the aforementioned woman "made comments related to the sexual orientation of two young male patrons of the store." But that wasn't the end of the story.

After the two men left the store on foot, the woman is said to have followed them in a mid-sized gold Chevy truck, stopped the truck in the street, dismounted along with an unknown male suspect and then joined him in assaulting one of the customers.

The arrival of several witnesses appears to have stopped this act of violence and prompted the man and woman to flee in the truck. Apparently none of them got a good look at the vehicle's license plate, however.

If you recognize this woman or know anything else about this affront, you're encouraged to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867), which is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information. Here's a full-size look at the surveillance image.

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45 comments
Al Vik
Al Vik

Might it be that golden Chevy S10 behind her

Georgeann White
Georgeann White

I hope they catch them, I'm sure it's not the only unlawful thing they've done!

Clint Jahn
Clint Jahn

She is obviously crazy. Starting a verbal altercation with strangers for no reason, then most likely escalating by telling the guy in the truck that THEY had disrespected HER, probably even claiming they'd shoved her "for no reason" . . . that is how these things usually go.

Beth Reed
Beth Reed

Just go to a Republican fundraiser/rally. Or a gun show.

Michael Hartman
Michael Hartman

Anyway thanks for keeping our discussion respectable and sharing opinions, too rare online. :) cheers.

Michael Hartman
Michael Hartman

And again, motive isn't the issue- it is action. The woman is a monster regardless of her motive. Yes, her motive lead to the crime, but you can't legislate thought- only actions. Had she truly believed that assaulting a person would unleash a peace laser beam that would cure all ills all over the world, her actions would still be deplorable.

Michael Hartman
Michael Hartman

Please note that in my example, theoretical bigot-me had made anti-gay statements in the past. What if a gay person attacked me because of my beliefs, and they ended up dead? The media would SLAY me, and unless I could afford a good lawyer, I would be charged with a hate crime, when in fact the assailant was acting from a place of pure hatred because I was ignorant when I exercised free speech.

Michael Hartman
Michael Hartman

I can tell you obviously care about the plight of our LGBT and minority brothers and sisters, and I do to. I just think that new laws won't change human interactions as much as education and social evolution through time and parenting will, and new laws have unintended consequences such as the ones I have mentioned. This woman, in my opinion, should be charged to the fullest extent of the law, and when she is released after serving her sentence, she will suffer because who is going to hire a woman with a violent history and a well deserved PR nightmare? Is that not justice?

Kristine Benekas Howard
Kristine Benekas Howard

I don't think you would be charged with a hate crime just because the person was gay. But she should be-after the statement she made and then chasing him down. The motive is obvious.

Michael Hartman
Michael Hartman

My values say hurting someone is wrong unless it's in self defense- regardless of underlying motives. If I was attacked by a gay man, and I had been vocal about not liking homosexuality (I couldn't care less in reality), and I defended myself, and the man ended up dead, I technically could be charged with a hate crime, since a built-in bias in interpretation of law exists. Maybe not the best example, but it's the kind of convolution that is created by well meaning laws.

Kristine Benekas Howard
Kristine Benekas Howard

okay-i won't lean on the law-i will lean on my values. hurting someone solely for being gay is wrong. I am pro-gay marriage and pro legalization, but that is not the point of why I think she should be charged with a hate crime.

Michael Hartman
Michael Hartman

In fact, people could easily use the same reasoning against gay marriage or legalized cannabis. Law does not make correct.

Michael Hartman
Michael Hartman

That's fine that you don't agree. The end result of murder is murder though, and proving the actual intent is a pretty grey area for the justice system to tackle. And btw, what are the statistics on, say, a white male getting killed or attacked by a minority based on hatred, and being charged as such? Has it EVER happened? Point being, wrong is wrong, and putting some icing on the punishment cake is pointless and a dangerous legal precedence. And the fact that you're leaning on the law as the reason that your opinion is correct is silly. It is an example of the "begging the question/circular reasoning" logical fallacy.

Kristine Benekas Howard
Kristine Benekas Howard

Michael, I do not agree and neither did the people who voted into law that to hurt someone only because of their race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation is worse than just a "normal" murder.

Michael Hartman
Michael Hartman

There is a difference in the two, Natasha, because one was a premeditated murder and the other was an accident that was the victim's fault. Hate should be investigated as a motive, but that is where it should end. If a person kills another person, it shouldn't matter why, unless it's self-defense or a total accident. Just because a murderer also happens to be a bigot doesn't mean they should get a different sentence from someone who is 'just' a murderer. What Jacob is expressing is an understandable concern of a slippery slope.

Lindsey Scott
Lindsey Scott

They can't change being gay anymore than she can change being ugly...In and out.

Yadira Hernandez
Yadira Hernandez

She didn't stand up for shit like a coward she couldn't do it herself two beating on one is not standing up for nothing that's a cowards way

Dan Ruisi
Dan Ruisi

Way to choose a cause to stand up for: Violent criminals have guts. You are truly a national treasure, Che Walker.

Che Weller
Che Weller

Like I said...gutless trash talkers. I dont care what ensued.. she didnt like something, and she expressed that in her own, albeit. violent way. Was it right? No. Is it recommended? No. Does she have guts? Yes. And since when does a profile pic have to dictate your thougts? You sir...get the moron award today for the bubbles remark.

Jim Dasch
Jim Dasch

Says the person with a profile picture of Bubbles. Wtf!

Noneya Buisness
Noneya Buisness

fuck that fat old whore she should be euthanized like the old bitch she is

Aaron Miller
Aaron Miller

She can have her beliefs.. but she does not have the right to impose her beliefs are harm somebody else because their beliefs do not align with hers. She did not stand up for her beliefs she had her boyfriend do it. Her beliefs do not give her or anyone else the right to harm others.. She is a coward

Kristine Benekas Howard
Kristine Benekas Howard

believing in hate and hurting a person is not okay and not a proper way to profess her beliefs. she can go picket somewhere if she wants-not hurt somebody .

Che Weller
Che Weller

Least she stood up for what she believed. More guts than alot of you trash talkers

GGDD
GGDD

Thats not a woman thats Dog the Bounty Hunter

Natasha Schwertley
Natasha Schwertley

Motivations play a role in crimes and in how punishment is dealt out in most cases. You don't see a difference in say, the aurora shooting and the young girl who just accidentally killed that instructor at the gun range while trying to shoot an AK47, Jacob?

Kristine Benekas Howard
Kristine Benekas Howard

that is why "hate crime" laws exist, because she was beating him up solely for his sexual orientation and sought him out. It is the law.

Jacob Edward
Jacob Edward

Why wouldn't assault and battery be enough? People should be punished based on their actions, not for their internal motivations. Hate crimes are essentially thought crimes.

David Andrew
David Andrew

I think she needs to be concerned with that big gulp and why her muffin top isn't shrinking \U0001f631

Hurrman
Hurrman

You heard the man fellas! Hating someone for something that doesn't affect you in any way to the point where you feel the urge to assault them means that you have guts!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... "hate crime" is merely a sentence enhancement to the underlying crime -- Assault and Battery.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... plenty, they have cameras on every pump.

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