Slaves (US) attack classed as hate crime

The man arrested for stabbing Slaves (US) guitarist Alex Lyman is now facing a hate crime charge.

KCRA report that Timothy Brownell handed himself into police after stabbing Lyman earlier this week in an unprovoked attack, which left the musician with a 4-inch puncture and slashes to his arms and throat.

Brownell was then arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, which also left Lyman’s bandmate Hampton McKnab with a broken hand and Musical Chairs singer Blake Abbey with a 12-inch wound to his arm.

Brownell was released on bail but after investigating online reports in which Lyman claimed he was called a “faggot in skinny jeans,” police in Sacramento, California are now looking to charge him with a hate crime.

Officer Justin Brown says: “We took a look at the social media postings and we understand allegations of that nature. We take it very seriously.”

Lyman will resume his live duties with the band next month which includes a run on the US Vans Warped Tour from July 14 – but McKnab will sit out as he waits for his hand to heal.


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