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Juveniles detained after allegedly assaulting neighbor

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Three juveniles accused of assaulting a neighbor in Cape Girardeau on Tuesday evening are now in detention.

Cape Girardeau police spokesman Darin Hickey said police responded to a report of a fight in the 600 block of South Park Avenue around 7:45 p.m. and talked to several witnesses, who told them an ongoing neighborhood dispute led to a fight between an adult female and two girls, ages 16 and 14, and a boy, age 11, after one of the juveniles went up to the woman's house and began yelling.

The woman was not seriously injured, Hickey said, but sustained some scrapes on her body and minor injuries to her face.

Police aren't sure what prompted the dispute.

Cpl. Ike Hammonds of the Cape Girardeau Police Department confirmed the assault was being alleged by the victim as occurring because of her sexual orientation. No charges have yet been filed against the juveniles, Hammonds said, but juvenile authorities are looking at the possibility of charging them with burglary and assault.

Pertinent address:

600 South Park Avenue, Cape Girardeau, Mo.

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-- Posted by kenbullard on Thu, Jul 26, 2012, at 6:28 AM

"occurring because of her sexual orientation"

I am sure they were good christians doing gods work.

-- Posted by Mudflopper on Thu, Jul 26, 2012, at 9:04 AM

are they going to be charged with a hate crime? what was the sexual orientation? the article seems vague.

-- Posted by TommyStix on Thu, Jul 26, 2012, at 9:27 AM

If she was not seriously injured, then why was she in the hospital possibly needing eye surgery?

-- Posted by another_02 on Thu, Jul 26, 2012, at 10:13 AM

Charges SHOULD be filed and this SHOULD be seen as a HATE crime. Had this happened in another part of Cape Girardeau, or had the victim been a minority they would be. The victim was not seriously injured then why did have to go to the ER and may need eye surjury, that part of town is and always has been a haven for crime I know I grew up down there!! When is OUR police dept. going to start cleaning up that part of town. This IS the First part ogf Cape people see coming off the bridge!!

-- Posted by Captain6 on Thu, Jul 26, 2012, at 11:01 AM

Regarding kenbullard statement, I am a good Christian and we are taught not to hate other people for any reason God says to love all. This is a hate crime and the other 4 teens that came over to help the first 3 should be put in jail too. It is a shame for this woman to have to go through this by children, what will they grow up to be if they are this way now and getting away with it!

-- Posted by harley04 on Thu, Jul 26, 2012, at 11:31 AM

The victim is a friend of a friend. My friend spoke with the victim. She was moved to St Francis Hosp because of their head trauma unit. Her injuries are more severe than reported here. There were a total of eight (8) juveniles attacking her, not three. She was being attacked because of her sexual orientation.

This is a much more serious crime than this report indicates. Let's hope they treat it like the heinous hate crime it is. We can't allow this to be swept under the rug.

-- Posted by MattMan on Thu, Jul 26, 2012, at 11:32 AM

This should be a hate crime.

-- Posted by butterknife on Thu, Jul 26, 2012, at 3:05 PM

In my last post I got the person's username wrong, my apologies to kenbullard my comment was for Mudflopper..God loves all, it isn't up to us to decide to judge each other he will do that, we are just to love each other as he did .

-- Posted by harley04 on Thu, Jul 26, 2012, at 5:37 PM

Not surprised really when you consider how intolerant Christian public leaders are towards others. Why should we be shocked when their offspring lash out at those they condemn? Hope all you right wing fundalmentalists are proud.

Hope she has a speedy and successful recovery. Thoughts are with her AND her partner.

-- Posted by cognitive77 on Thu, Jul 26, 2012, at 9:48 PM

this isn't a hate crime, it's the result of ill bred offspring following their ignorant patients unintellectual attitudes.

-- Posted by EL LOBO on Fri, Jul 27, 2012, at 12:14 PM

This is exactly why I moved from Cape.

The atmosphere is generally ok, but the underlying homophobia is too extreme.

There are good people in Cape, but when you live in fear, it's not a life.

I pray for Ms. Terry and her family.

-- Posted by Poey0123 on Mon, Jul 30, 2012, at 12:05 PM

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