Monday, January 14, 2013
Support Luke Defense Committee gather in solidarity for their friend and take a stand against homophobia.
LITTLE FIVE POINTS — In a symbolic show of unity and to take a stand against at what they say is homophobia, more than two dozen friends and supporters of Luke Patrick O'Donovan met Sunday evening in a "town hall" meeting to support their incarcerated friend. O'Donovan, 19, remains in police custody following a New Year's Eve stabbing incident in Reynoldstown that left six people — including himself — injured with stab wounds. He is charged with five counts of aggravated assault. The victims have said the stabbings followed an argument they had with O'Donovan at the party. But his friends, who formed the Support Luke Defense Committee that met at the Little Five Points Community Center, dispute that account. They say he was the victim of …
Saturday, January 5, 2013
In response to: Did Gay Slur Spark Stabbings?
Saturday, January 5
Dear Editor: I did not go to that party [Did Gay Slur Spark Stabbings? - Jan. 2, 2013], however I know the hosts and lots of people that were there. I feel that it is safe to say that there was no gay hatred among anyone I would know that would be at that party. Some of the residents perform drag at Mary's for God's sake. I wouldn't characterize this as a homophobic party to say the least. Yes, it is Reynoldstown. I live in Reynoldstown. I don't think we deserve to be characterized as a gay-hating community. This is one of the more progressive areas of Atlanta. I feel that the Patch should revisit this story later and clarify some facts and reports. — Ian Thompson, Reynoldsotown
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Police investigating claims that man accused of stabbing five others was the victim of a hate crime.
REYNOLDSTOWN — An Atlanta Police Department spokesman said Wednesday that the agency is investigating claims that a New Year's Eve stabbing incident involving six people at a party was sparked by a gay slur. “We have received information that the incident was possibly preceded by a gay slur directed towards the arrestee," APD spokesman Carlos Campos told East Atlanta Patch Wednesday. "We are not sure if the information is credible, but are investigating the incident and will pursue this and any other leads." Luke Patrick O'Donovan, 19, is charged with five counts of aggravated assault in the resulting fight. Several of his friends and supporters who have started a support fund for his defense, say O'Donovan is the victim of a hate crime …
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Victims all taken to Atlanta Medical Center.
REYNOLDSTOWN — An argument between two men at a party resulted in several stabbings and the arrest of the suspected stabber, Atlanta police said. Luke Patrick O'Donovan, 19, is charged with five counts of aggravated assault, police said. Atlanta Police Department spokewsoman Kim Jones gave the following account: At about 3 a.m. police responded to a 911 call from a motorist at North Avenue and Freedom Parkway in Poncey-Highland who was transporting two of the victims to the Atlanta Medical Center. The stabbings occurred at 239 Gibson St. Witnesses reported that O'Donovan got into an argument with another man that escalated into a physical fight with O'Donovan stabbing that man as well as four others who tried to subdue him. All five …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Police: Victim was in line at SunTrust ATM at Flat Shoals and Glenwood avenues and got into a tiff with suspect.
What happens when you're a pain in the neck? You get stabbed in the butt. That's what one man found out late Saturday night at the SunTrust Banks ATM at 514 Flat Shoals Ave., according to Atlanta police. The victim told police he was standing in line behind the suspect. The suspect was taking too long at the ATM in the incident that occurred just before 11:22 p.m., Oct. 27. He told police that he asked the suspect to move to let others use the cash machine. The suspect didn't and so the victim pushed him and knocked him to the ground. The victim then began his own transaction at the ATM, and according to a witness who also was in line, the suspect got up from the ground and stabbed the victim in the left buttock. "The victim was alert, …