North Texas Crime Commission Offering $5000 Reward In Playground Attack on Gay Woman

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Late last month, 27-year-old Sondra Scarber and her girlfriend Hillary Causey headed to a Mesquite elementary school's playground, to take Causey's 4-year-old son Jaxon to play. The couple later told police that soon after they arrived, some much bigger boys started pushing Jaxon around.

"Can you please keep your hands off him?" Scarber asked. "He's only four."

At that, the couple says, the father of the older children approached Scarber, who wears her hair short and had on baggy clothes. Causey says that when he realized that she was female, and that the two women were a couple, he snapped.

"Oh, it's a bitch," Causey heard the man say.

"You're a woman, but you think you're a man," he added. Causey watched, horrified, as the man started punching Scarber, holding her by her necklace and calling her a faggot and a dyke. When she fell to the ground, unconscious, he continued kicking her. As he did, Causey heard him say, "I'm going to beat you like a man."

"I'm a female. I'm a female," Scarber kept saying over and over. Causey says her girlfriend never had a chance to even take her hands out of her pockets to ward off the attack.

The attacker also kicked Scarber in the mouth and stomped on her face, badly dislocating her jaw, according to the Dallas Voice . A woman who was with the attacker tried to get him to stop at one point, but he pushed her away. The woman finally convinced him to leave without hurting Causey, but only after he stole Scarber's phone, earrings, and hat.

No arrests have been made in the attack; the couple says that a large group of people playing basketball nearby did nothing to intervene, and when police arrived, told them they didn't see anything.

Yesterday, the Voice reported that the North Texas Crime Commission is now offering up to $5000 for information leading to an arrest in the attack. The paper reports that Rafael McDonnell, the director of communications and advocacy at Resource Center Dallas, spoke to the NTCC to draw their attention to the brutality of the attack.

Mesquite police have said they're looking for a black man, about 5'7" and 185 pounds. He was wearing a blue t-shirt, jeans, and driving an early 2000s silver Chevy Impala with temporary tags. The woman with him was black, 5'5", 140 pounds, wearing a white t-shirt and jeans.

In the weeks after the attack, Scarber's been slowly recovering. Causey's young son, who watched the entire attack and pleaded with the man not to kill her, has been undergoing counseling.


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38 comments
usualsuspekt_99
usualsuspekt_99

And he ended up stealing her phone, earrings, and hat.  Nice, why am I not surprised?  This guy is a true scumbag.

mattwolfgang
mattwolfgang

Why don't they mention which school?  Mesquite does have over 30 elementary schools.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

"... headed to a Mesquite elementary school playground ..."


Yup, that pretty much sums it up.


Regardless of the woman's sexual orientation, this is a violent unprovoked assault that according to this story sounds like an attempted homicide.


The people in the area need to be rounded up and charged as either an accessory or an accomplice to the assault.


I seriously doubt that the MPD will do anything more than a perfunctory review of the crime.  I can hear the questioning of the suspect now:


"Did you assault this woman?"


"No."


"Well, release him.  He says that he didn't do it."


"Detective, what do we do with the witnessess?"


"Tell them to go home, we don't need them anymore."

gabbahey
gabbahey

Shouldn't this be classified as a Hate Crime? 

If so, isn't this a federal offense now since the bigots at the playground used their perceived gender bias of the ladies as motivation for their attack? 

I think if Billy Joe and Jim Bob get caught, they'll do federal time for this.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

I can only give this 3 Vaginas, while it elicited an angry emotion and Im glad you brought this to light, I just dont have much to say other than I hope they find that fucker and put his balls on a hot plate

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

I just read the headline.  I've long been troubled by the intolerance of playgrounds.  I've always heard "faggot" and other epithets on such playgrounds, issuing from the swings, slides and the jungle gym.  But, now they've turned violent.  The playgrounds must be stopped.


edit/update.  I understand from reading the comments that this lady was attacked by a Person AT a playground.  My apologies. 

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

It takes a real a-hole to beat up a woman. I guess being 5'7" and 185 pounds thats all he can handle. I'd love to beat that fucker up real good. Little hip hop bitch.

Just_Hillbilly
Just_Hillbilly

I'd like to spit Beechnut in that dudes eye....

Stay classy Mesquite

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

Gay and in that progressive beacon of  Mesquite Texas. Well who couldn't see this kind of event happening ?

Rix1
Rix1

What do you bet Groden gets arrested again?

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

@gabbahey 

How weird.......a black man charged with a hate crime. You do know the guy who beat up this lady was Black, right?

James080
James080

@scottindallas  

Exactly. Remember the "New Nikes Cause Riot" headline? The shoes didn't cause anything. The idiots who believe shoes are worth fighting over caused the riot.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@GuitarPlayer " I'd love to beat that fucker up real good...."

Where does all this bravery come from when it's locked up behind a fake name on a blog? Anonymous folks stumble over each other in their eagerness to proclaim what they'd do to the guy who burned the puppy or abused the child  or whatever.  i call bullshit. Cheap courage. Don't have to lift a finger, except to type the few words you know. You'all must be so very proud.

ruddski
ruddski

@GuitarPlayer 

Weird? 28% of hate crime offenders in 2011 were black. Weird would be an Asian offender.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@James080 Some not-picking grammarian apparently beat it into your head that "cause" could only refer to the person or thing actually doing the action that brings about the effect.

There are many kinds of causes, James: direct, indirect, efficient, formal, final.... A cause can, for example, be the reason something happens, as when shoes -- or the scarcity of shoes -- bring about a riot.

And a noun may be used as an adjective when, for example, it specifies the locus or circumstances of another noun.  As, for example, a sea battle. Or a playground attack.


GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

@bmarvel  

The best thing is that I don't have to prove anything to you....the person who doesn't post a pic of themselves or use their full name either. You fucking hypocrite.

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

@gabbahey  

Because hate crime legislation was geared toward violence against Blacks and Homosexuals. 

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@cantkeepthetruthdown  

At 74 and counting, what do you think are my chances? Keep in mind nobody in my family or my wife's family has ever -- aside from military service -- had call to use a gun for anything but hunting.

But I'm still curious, truthdown, about this near- "Somalian" war zone you say you live in. How goes the battle?

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@cantkeepthetruthdown Bad things happen. Just nothing I ever had to use a gun on. But your life must be just hell. "Dallas practically like Somalia!" However do you get through it day by day?

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

@bmarvel @cantkeepthetruthdown Dallas practically is Somalia already! Might as well go all the way.


And do you really think men don't have to protect themselves from other male aggression? You must live a finely sheltered life where nothing bad ever happens. Must be nice. 

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

@bmarvel Ok, well let me know when you reach that utopia. 

And what would the equal protection be from or under? The law? Why would we need laws in your beautiful utopia where nothing bad ever happens?

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@cantkeepthetruthdown

keepthetruthdown,

Equal protection will come when women no longer have to protect themselves from male assholery.

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

@bmarvel Equal protection? Do we all get personal security guards now?

No. Equal protection would be removing of 'gun free zones' and allowing women the right to defend themselves against larger stronger violent men. 

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

@bmarvel 

Come on you hypocrite, post a pic of yourself and your full name. Sadly I wasn't at that park, if I was I would have had a blast shoving mulch down that runt's mouth. 


And YOU have no idea what I have fought for and how. Idiot.


bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@GuitarPlayer Then who ARE you trying to prove something to, Player? Threats uttered from behind a fake name are never very impressive. Want to do something to protect the Sondra Scarbers of this world? Step out from behind that guitar and get involved in the fight for equal protection.

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