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posted Friday, December 16, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 50
Bellingham Lesbian bashes back
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Bellingham Lesbian bashes back

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A man harassed the wrong Lesbians outside a Bellingham bar on December 11, and ended up thrown to the sidewalk by one of his intended victims and held for police.

According to the Bellingham Herald, 22-year-old William Adam Lane yelled homophobic slurs at a Lesbian couple after he saw them embrace as they left the bar early Sunday morning.

When the women refused to respond to him, Lane allegedly smashed the window of a Toyota belonging to one of the women, causing about $600 in damages.

Unintimidated, one of the women then tackled Lane and pinned him to the ground. A bouncer at the bar helped to hold him until police arrived.

Police spokesperson Mark Young told SGN on December 15 that Lane had been charged on three counts and released pending trial.

'He is charged with malicious harassment - basically a hate crime,' Young said, 'because he targeted the victims based on their sexual orientation.

'With malicious mischief in the third degree, because he broke out the back window of the victim's vehicle. And disorderly conduct based on his behavior.'

The Whatcom County prosecutor's office told SGN that Lane was to be arraigned on December 16.

The two women, ages 23 and 30, were not hurt in the incident, the Herald said.

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