Tacoma police are searching for a man who assaulted a young disabled woman in Wapato Park earlier this month.
The crime is being investigated as a hate crime because of statements he made to the victim, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said. Detectives believe the man actually mistook what he saw.
“What he saw that he believed was their sexual orientation was in fact a caregiver who was holding onto the victim for her safety,” Fulghum said.
The 18-year-old victim, who is unable to walk or communicate without assistance, was with her caregiver at the park about 4:35 p.m. Nov. 5. …