Jhane Toney, a 21-year-old African-American woman, has been charged with the same crime for a separate incident.
In her case, however, she allegedly attacked the victims because they were lesbians.
And the incident may have taken place very near Westword's offices.
About 1:30 a.m. on June 12, according to an arrest affidavit on view below, officers were called to the location of East 10th Avenue and North Broadway Street. The area, including Westword's 969 Broadway offices, is captured in the following interactive graphic. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View on Google Maps."
Officers took initial statements from the two female victims, then sat down with one of them at District Six in the days that followed.
In that interview, the woman said that she and her domestic partner were walking on 10th when they approached a parking lot, at which point two black females in a gray Chevrolet "yelled at them to move out of the way."
A short time later, the two black females climbed out of their car and began punching and scratching the victims, the report says.
Name-calling accompanied the attack, the victim said.
The line she quoted: "Stupid lesbian bitches, move or I'll kick your ass."
One of the victims was grabbed while attempting to call the cops on her cell phone, the report continues.
The phone came in handy, though: The victim captured a shot of the license plate on the gray Chevy.
Turns out it was registered to Toney.
The victim added that "she was gay and believed this to be a hate crime and she was very happy we were taking this incident seriously," the document states.
A short time later, the other victim picked a shot of Toney from a photo lineup and said, "I remember her face and lip-piercing...this person is the one that assaulted my partner."
The Denver District Attorney's Office has now charged Toney with two counts of bias-motivated crime. She's next due in court on Monday, August 17. Continue for a larger look at her booking photo and the aforementioned arrest affidavit.Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.
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