Possible anti-gay angle to New Year’s Eve stabbing
Atlanta police are investigating whether the 19-year-old man accused of stabbing five people at a New Year’s Eve party in the Atlanta neighborhood of Reynoldstown may have been the target of an anti-gay slur during a confrontation at the late-night celebration.
The suspect is identified by Atlanta police as Luke O’Donovan. The stabbing occurred sometime after 3 a.m. on New Year’s Day at 239 Gibson St., Atlanta Police Department Spokesperson Carlos Campos told GA Voice.
In total, six were injured, including O’Donovan. Several of the victims were transported to local hospitals, Campos added.
“We have received information that the incident was possibly preceded by a gay slur directed towards the arrestee,” Campos said. “We are not sure if the information is credible, but are investigating the incident and will pursue this and any other leads. It should be noted, however, that officers arrested a man identified as stabbing five people. It will be up to the judicial system to determine if there were any mitigating factors prior to the stabbings.”
Carlos said the APD’s LGBT liaison officers have been made aware of the incident and anyone with information is asked to call Zone 6 investigators at 404-373-5331/5332.
O’Donovan is currently in custody at the Fulton County Jail and is facing five charges of aggravated assault.
An anonymous press release, sent by a group describing itself as O’Donovan’s supporters, claimed he was attacked by a mob after he was seen dancing and kissing other men and that O’Donovan was acting in self defense when others were stabbed.
At press time Jan. 2, Luke O’Donovan was in jail without bond. (Mugshot)