Boston teen arrested for alleged antigay assault

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com July 16 2003 11:00 PM ET

A 15-year-old girl was to be arraigned Wednesday on charges including aggravated assault and battery for a July 4 attack on a lesbian who had to get 200 stitches on her head, police said. The teenager, who wasn't identified because of her age, was arrested Tuesday and was scheduled to appear in Chelsea Juvenile District Court, said David Procopio, spokesman for the Suffolk District Attorney's office. Boston police said in a news release its community disorders unit will attach civil rights violations to the teen's assault charge.

Lisa Craig, 35, was punched to the ground and kicked in the head by three teenage girls and a boy, as she bought ice cream after watching Independence Day fireworks in East Boston's Piers Park, police said. She was with her partner Debbie Riley, 37, and their two daughters. Earlier in the evening, the teenagers allegedly had shouted epithets at the couple. Craig suffered bleeding in her brain and needed 200 stitches to close her wounds. Her purse also was stolen. She said she was disappointed the suspect hadn't been charged with attempted murder. "It was a hate crime," Craig said. "It was name calling. It was horrible."