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Hate Crime Stabbing Suspect Turns Himself In To Police

Sacramento Police Dept.

Timothy Brownell

Sacramento Police Dept.

Police say the man suspected of stabbing local musicians in Midtown this past week -- an assault the department is classifying as a hate crime -- has turned himself in.

Timothy Brownell, 25, is charged with a hate crime and assault with a deadly weapon. 

Officers responded to midtown Sunday night after receiving a report of a stabbing.  

Two of the victims, Alex Lyman and Blake Abbey, posted on social media that the suspect made a comment about skinny jeans and used "sexual orientation epithets" before the attacked. A third person was also injured.

After the initial report, officers were tipped off about Brownell's alleged involvement, according to police. They found a firearm at Brownell's residence that was unrelated to the attack and officers placed him under arrest for illegal possession of a firearm. He was later released after posting $50,000 for bail.

After re-interviewing the victims, the police department later reclassified the attack as a hate crime and issued a warrant for Brownell's arrest. 

As of Tuesday night, Brownell has turned himself in and is now in custody at the Sacramento County Jail. He is being held on $1 million bail.

Social media posts from the victims have gone viral since the attack. Several fundraisers are being organized to help the injured.

These events include:

 hate crime

Marnette Federis

Former Digital News Editor

Marnette Federis was a digital news editor at Capital Public Radio. Her journalism experiences include stints as a reporter, videographer and Web producer at traditional print outlets, digital-only publications and a television station.  Read Full Bio 

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