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February 10, 2015 at 6:03 AM

Slurs written on woman’s body in Tacoma hate crime attack

The Associated Press TACOMA — A woman was choked and stabbed and had homophobic slurs written on her body with a marker in an attack early Sunday in Tacoma. Police are looking for the man responsible for the hate crime. The 45-year-old woman was attacked while looking for her dog that had slipped out of her house about…


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February 3, 2015 at 5:53 PM

Spokane police arrest 2 in assault on transgender woman

The Associated Press SPOKANE — Spokane police say detectives have arrested two men in connection with an assault on a homeless transgender woman. Police said Tuesday that a 45-year-old man was arrested for investigation of second-degree assault and malicious harassment in the Friday night beating. A 43-year-old man was arrested for investigation of malicious harassment. Police say the…


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January 26, 2015 at 12:12 PM

Man accused of hate-crime attack on Capitol Hill

Police arrested a man for a suspected hate crime after he threatened three men with a knife and yelled derogatory remarks about their sexual orientation. The victims were crossing at Harvard Avenue and East Pike Street shortly after midnight Sunday when the man began yelling slurs, threatened to stab them and began chasing them with a…


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December 29, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Sailor pleads not guilty to assaulting Seattle taxi driver

A 26-year-old sailor who is accused of malicious harassment, a hate crime, for allegedly beating an immigrant taxi driver pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in King County Superior Court on Monday morning. Jesse Fleming, whose bail was set at $50,000 earlier this month, will return to court on Tuesday morning to receive the conditions of…


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December 9, 2014 at 1:52 PM

$50,000 bail for sailor accused of hate crime attack on Seattle cabbie

A judge set bail at $50,000 on Monday for a 26-year-old sailor accused of a hate crime after police say he beat an immigrant taxi driver unconscious and told him to “go back to your own country,” according to a court document. In a document of probable cause, which lays out the case, Seattle police say the cab driver picked up …


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December 8, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Seattle police say attack on cab driver was hate crime

A 26-year-old man was arrested for a suspected hate crime early Sunday after he beat a taxi driver unconscious and told him to “go back to your own country,” Seattle police said. During the attack, the cabbie lost control of the taxi, which struck several parked cars and an apartment building in the Magnolia neighborhood, according to…


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November 20, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Trial opens for 2 ex-Seattle firefighters accused of attacking homeless man

Trial began Thursday afternoon for two former Seattle firefighters and a woman accused of attacking a homeless man who was sleeping on a memorial to fallen firefighters in Occidental Park. The former firefighters, Scott Bullene and Robert Howell, and Bullene’s girlfriend, Mia Jarvinen, were each charged with fourth-degree assault and malicious harassment, the state’s version of a hate crime….


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November 17, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Man beaten and targeted with anti-gay slurs on Capitol Hill

A man was beaten and was the target of anti-gay slurs on Capitol Hill early Monday morning, according to Seattle police. Police say that the victim was attacked by three or four men while he was smoking a cigarette near Belmont Avenue and East Pike Street about 1:30 a.m.. The victim, police said, could not describe his attackers. The…


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January 22, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Fire set at Spokane Valley coffee stand

SPOKANE VALLEY (AP) — Deputies are investigating a possible hate crime at a Spokane Valley coffee stand where a fire was set and a spray-painted message said, “Go back to China.” The owners of the Coffee Break stand came to work Tuesday morning and smelled gasoline and saw the red paint in the parking lot. The…


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December 10, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Fed. Way man gets 40 months for hate-crime attack on Sikh cabbie

A Federal Way man was sentenced this morning in U.S. District Court to 40 months in prison for viciously beating a Sikh cab driver while making racist statements about Muslims.

Jamie Larson, who turned 50 on Sunday, was originally charged with malicious harassment in King County Superior Court, but the case was turned over to federal prosecutors in March because the federal hate crime law carries a longer possible sentence of up to 10 years.

“I want to apologize to (the victim) and his family,” Larson told U.S. District Judge John Coughenour. “I am ashamed of what I did. I hope they can find it in their hearts to forgive me.”

Larson pleaded guilty in June to hate crime, but he claimed he remembered nothing of the incident because he had blacked out from drinking when he attacked the 50-year-old cab driver because he mistakenly believed he was Muslim. The driver is an immigrant from India and not a Muslim.


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