by BTL Staff
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – A brutal stabbing in Battle Creek last week could be a hate crime, Battle Creek police officials said.
According to a report on the website for the Battle Creek Enquirer (http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/article/20100806/NEWS01/8060316/Investigators++Stabbing+could+have+been+hate+crime), the 45-year-old victim was stabbed multiple times in the head and neck July 25 in Leila Arboretum. Police said the victim met the attacker and drove to the park, which is a local cruising location in Battle Creek, according to Squirt.org. Once there, the attacker took the man into the woods and assaulted him. A witness disrupted the attack after hearing screams, police said, and was told by the attacker the incident was a “domestic dispute.” The attacker then fled in the man’s car.
Police said they are investigating a Craigslist post which appeared the day after the attack. The post has been removed from the site, but was headlined “I warned you, you dumb queer,” The Enquirer reports. In addition the post on Craiglist read: “I e-mailed and said I have something … but you did not think it was a knife did you. Now you are in the hospital and your car is in the river. I warned you.”
Battle Creek police have informed the FBI of the assault.
Between the Lines will keep you posted on this story as it develops.