A group of women were attacked on their way to Dallas Pride on Sunday by an assailant who punched and stabbed them as he screamed they were going to Hell.
Love Seiber, Krystle Seats, and their friend Vanessa Stepney were heading to the parade downtown when they were approached by a homeless man later identified as 22-year-old Brandon Holbert.
“I thought maybe, ’Oh, he’s going to ask us for money,” Seiber told Fox 4 News. But he came closer and began yelling and then hitting Seats. Holbert then pulled out a pocketknife and chased Sieber and Seats into a nearby building, cornering them in an elevator before stabbing them repeatedly.
Seiber and Seats, who are both gay, say Holbert was shouting, “I see what you are doing. You are the child of Satan and God sees what you are doing. You guys are going to go to Hell.”
“Everybody was screaming and I didn’t know how we were going to get out of the situation,” says Seiber. “That was the scary part—because there was nobody there to help us.”
Seiber was stabbed multiple times in the neck, face, arm, forehead and chest before a bystander helped detain Holbert until authorities arrived. Holbert has since been charged with two counts of aggravated assault, although no hate-crime charges have been filed.
Police records do not reflect his homophobic rant, according to Fox 4, instead they “emphasize [his] erratic behavior.”
Recovering back home in Oklahoma, Seiber says her assailant deserves to be charged with a bias crime. “My family definitely thinks he got off a little too easy.”