Police seek 2 who beat woman in Uptown hate crime

  • Updated: January 25, 2009 - 7:40 AM

Minneapolis police are seeking two suspects who allegedly beat a woman in her Uptown neighborhood after verbally attacking her for being a lesbian.

According to police, Kristen Boyne, 32, was walking to the Rainbow Foods grocery store at 11 p.m. Thursday when she was accosted by two men at Lake Street and Dupont Avenue. Sgt. William Palmer said the men beat her until she lost consciousness.

Boyne, who told police she is a lesbian, suffered head injuries and was taken by ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center, where she was treated and later released.

Palmer said the case appears to be the first such bias crime in the Uptown area in recent memory, and police have no suspects or witnesses. Anyone with information regarding the assault is asked to contact Sgt. Bruce Kohn at 612-673-2941.

ABBY SIMONS

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