Update: After further interviews with the victims, the Sacramento Police Department has reclassified the attack as a hate crime and issued a warrant for 25-year-old Timothy Brownell’s arrest.
Brownell allegedly uttered “sexual orientation epithets” before attacking the musicians, according to a press release by the police department.
Original Post: Three Sacramento musicians suffered serious injuries after being stabbed at the corner of 21st and O streets in midtown late Sunday.
Sacramento police arrested Timothy Brownell on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and illegal possession of a firearm. Police said they found guns at Brownell’s residence when they arrested him. He was released on bail on Monday.
“Alcohol was a factor in the incident,” Officer Justin Brown said. “There were words exchanged between the suspect and the group. A physical altercation ensued, and the suspect pulled out a knife.”
Slaves guitarist Alex Lyman posted on Instagram that he suffered a 4-inch stab in his side not far from his spleen. Another guitarist, Weston Richmond, broke his right hand and had minor cuts.
Blake Abbey, the lead singer for local band Musical Charis, said on his Facebook page that he was stabbed in the arm and required surgery.
In social media posts, Lyman, Abbey and Richmond all said their attacker referred to them with homophobic slurs because they were wearing skinny jeans. Brown said the police department is not investigating the incident as a hate crime.
Slaves is composed of Sacramento musicians who previously played in other area bands, including former Dance Gavin Dance lead vocalist Jonny Craig. The band released its only album in June 2014 and has over 94,000 fans on Facebook.
“A triple stabbing? That’s very unusual in the midtown area,” Brown said. “(But) it’s not unusual for an assault to occur within the city of Sacramento.”