Crime Stoppers offers $5K reward for info on suspect in Mesquite hate crime


Sondra Scarber, after an attack in a playground in Mesquite in February left her jaw detached

The North Texas Crime Commission is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest in the Feb. 17 attack on Sondra Scarber in Mesquite, according to Crime Stoppers spokesman Mike Pappas.

Resource Center Dallas Communications and Advocacy Manager Rafael McDonnell said he contacted the North Texas Crime Commission to make them aware of the severity of the attack.

Scarber was attacked in playground by a father after she asked his 10-year-old son to stop bullying her 4-year-old. The suspect yelled anti-gay epithets as he threw Scarber to the ground before kicking her in the head and stomping her face. She suffered a badly dislocated jaw. Scarber’s partner, Hillary Causey, was untouched when the man fled with his four children and a woman.

The suspect is described as a black male, standing 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing 185 pounds. He was wearing a royal blue T-shirt and jeans. He drove away in a silver, early 2000s Chevy Impala with paper temporary tags.

Anyone with information may call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 877-373-8477 or Mesquite police at 972-216-6759.

Mesquite police spokesman Mike Hedgpeth said sometimes the reward motivates a reluctant witness to talk.

“Some people are motivated by money,” he said.

Scarber cheered when she heard the news that a reward was being offered.

“I hope he gets caught,” she said.

She said she’s begun eating some solid food and is feeling stronger today than yesterday.


—  David Taffet

Mesquite lesbian brutally beaten defending girlfriend’s son from bullying


Sondra Scarber via WFAA

A lesbian is still recovering from a brutal beating that happened last week while addressing a parent about her girlfriend’s son being bullied.

Sondra Scarber went to the playground at Mesquite’s Seabourn Elementary with her girlfriend, Hillary Causey, and Causey’s 4-year-old son. After other kids began pushing him around, Scarber spoke to a father to address the issue.

But when the father realized Scarber was a lesbian and the two were a couple, she said he became enraged and began to beat her, calling her homophobic slurs.

“When he walked up thinking it was father and mom with the kid, he wasn’t as angry, but then when he figured out it was a female, he got like super pissed, and I don’t know why,” Causey told WFAA. “He was like, ‘Well if you think you’re a man… I’m going to treat you like a man,’” Causey told WFAA. “All she kept saying was, ‘I’m a female. I’m a female.” She never even had time to take her hands out of pockets to try and block herself.”

Scarber’s jaw is wired shut and her face is badly bruised. But Mesquite police haven’t caught the man responsible and told WFAA they don’t consider the assault a hate crime because the bullying among children was the reason behind it.

But the women insist it was hate crime because the father only became upset once he realized they were two women raising a son together.

The father is described as a black man, about 5’7”, who weighs 185 pounds. He was wearing a royal blue T-shirt and jeans and was driving an early 2000’s silver Chevrolet Impala with temporary tags.

Watch the report below and read the statement issued by Resource Center Dallas, calling on Mesquite police to investigate the incident as a hate crime:

—  Dallasvoice