Thursday, February 5, 2015

UPDATE: Two Suspects in Spokane LGBT Assault Case Deny Accusations

Posted By on Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 10:29 AM


Two men who have been accused of assaulting a transgender woman at a Spokane bakery have denied taunting the victim, Jacina Scamahorn, or hitting and kicking her multiple times, the Spokesman-Review reports

The accused, Adam Flippen and Marc Fessler, did not post bond and were released from jail after a court appearance Feb. 4. Both, however, still face charges of malicious harassment—Washington's version of a hate crime—and Flippen also faces an additional second-degree assault with a deadly weapon charge.

According to Scamahorn, Flippen and Fessler made derogatory statements about her, and she responded by spitting in Flippen's face. He followed her into Boots Bakery, where he screamed expletives and punched her in the eye. During the assault, a bystander who tried to get help said he saw one of the men kick Scamahorn in the face. Scamahorn suffers from broken facial bones and a black eye, and witnesses said she vomited and convulsed after the attack.

But Flippen and Fessler's account of the events differ from Scamahorn's. According to court documents, Flippen admitted to punching Scamahorn once, but both men said they didn't kick or verbally taunt her.

Numerous witnesses saw the event. A bartender told police he tried to stop the assault, then went to get help. He said he returned in time to see one of the assailants kick Scamahorn in the face. A customer gave similar details, adding that she thought Flippen kicked Scamahorn in the face, according to court documents. 

Flippen and Fessler have been ordered by police not to consume alcohol, not to approach Scamahorn or enter Boots Bakery or a nearby bar, Zola. 

Original Post: 10:11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4

Two men have been arrested in connection with the recent beating of a Spokane, Wash., transgender woman, which many in the community have characterized as a hate crime, the Spokesman-Review reports.

Jacina Scamahorn, who witnesses say was assaulted Jan. 30 by two men at Boots Bakery in downtown Spokane, suffered broken bones in her face during the attack. Her case was highlighted this week by Spokane's Human Rights Commission. Tuesday morning, Spokane police released pictures of two suspects whose images had been captured on surveillance cameras. 

Eight hours after the photos were released, police made two arrests in connection with the case: Adam R. Flippen, 45, faces charges of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon and malicious harassment, and Marc Fessler, 42, faces one charge of malicious harassment.

Under Washington state law, a person is guilty of malicious harassment when that person "maliciously and intentionally" commits assault, destroys property or makes threats because of "race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or mental, physical or sensory handicap." 

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