Temple police say victim not cooperating in their investigation of alleged anti-gay hate crime

Adrian Lopez

We received an update this morning from Temple Police spokesman Sgt. Brad Hunt on the investigation into last week’s alleged anti-gay hate crime at Temple Lake Park. Adrian Lopez, 23, of Killeen told Instant Tea that a group of teenagers attacked him and two friends at the park last Wednesday after learning that the three were gay. But Hunt said that Lopez isn’t cooperating with police and the department plans to drop the case if this doesn’t change. We’ve left messages for Lopez, and we’ll update as soon as he gets back to us. For now, here’s Hunt’s update:

“The Temple Police Department’s investigation  into the alleged assault has reached a point that requires cooperation from the victim. After numerous attempts to communicate and coordinate meetings with the victim, he has failed to be responsive to investigators’ requests. However, it is clear that the victim instead continues to contact media outlets about the case,  and it appears he is more interested in speaking to media than police about the offense.

“Should the victim  fail to cooperate and meet with investigators, the Department will have no choice but to close the case.  The victim is being informed of this fact this week.”

—  John Wright