Department Investigates Report of Hate Crime
The Lincoln Police Department is investigating the report of an assault and arson that occurred early Sunday morning, July 22, 2012, at a south Lincoln home. A 33 year old Lincoln woman was injured and did receive treatment at a local hospital. The only suspect description provided was three men, possibly white, wearing ski masks.
The incident has been classified as a hate crime. Per department policy, officers classify offenses as hate crimes when it appears likely that hatred or bias was the motivation for the criminal act. In this case, words were spray painted inside her home using a derogatory term toward one's sexual orientation.
We are investigating all aspects of the case, including the possibility that it is a false report. This type of evaluation is not uncommon and is necessary in completing a thorough investigation.
At this time, investigators are aggressively pursuing all leads in the case. The Lincoln Police Department encourages anyone with information related to the investigation to contact Captain Sundermeier or Captain Fehringer at 402.441.7660. Emails may also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 402.475.3600 or www.lincolncrimestoppers.com.
Any further details in the case will be provided through a press release or formal statement.