Slaves guitarist Alex Lyman was recently stabbed in his side, resulting in a four-inch cut, two inches deep, and estimated at about a centimeter from his spleen. Lyman posted a picture to Instagram, captioning with a statement letting fans know that the perpetrator was a felon who is now in prison, and explaining that there was no real motivation: “It was split because I’m a ‘faggot in skinny jeans,’” he wrote. You can see the full post below, and be sure to wish Alex a speedy recovery!
UPDATE 6/23: Lyman has since posted a picture of his stab wound on Instagram, along with a lengthy caption, saying, “I’m sorry if anyone didn’t want to see this, but I want to show the world that we are far from a free world.” You can see the full post below:
WARNING: Graphic image below.
The perpetrator, who is reportedly a convicted felon, was originally charged with felonious assault, but now the police are labeling the case as a hate crime. “We took a look at the social media postings,” Sacramento Police Department officer Justin Brown says. “And we understand the allegations of that nature. We take it very seriously, in addition to assault.
The offender, now known as Timothy Brownell, was released on bail last night, before the charges were altered. There is currently a warrant out for his arrest.
Lyman was with Blake and Bradley Abbey, two local Sacramento musicians, when the stabbing occurred. They were also injured.
UPDATE 6/28: Timothy Brownell’s mother, Lori Brownell speaks out, claiming to the Sacramento Bee that she is “horrified” by the alleged actions of her son.
Brownell, openly gay, says that the altercation does not reflect the upbringing of her son, but is rather a reflection of the post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that he is suffering, claiming, “He was very protective of me and took issue with anyone who has a problem with his mom being gay.” She also added, “I don’t think he’s homophobic. He’s never said anything derogatory.”