Beale Street attack may be hate crime

Tiffany Tate
Tiffany Tate

(WMC-TV) - A weekend attack on Beale Street is being called a hate crime.

According to court records, a Memphis man, John Ingram, told police he was on Beale Street around 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning when the attack happened, while he was playing music by beating on a bucket.

Ingram claims Tiffany Tate approached him, and there was a brief conversation. During that conversation, Ingram said, Tate used the word "nigger," stabbed him, and ran away.

Fifteen minutes later, officers spotted Tate about a block from the scene in a tan pick up truck. She was wearing a black jacket with a blue shirt, had black face paint around her eyes, and had a pocket knife in her vehicle.

Police escorted Tate back to the spot where Ingram was stabbed, and he identified her as the woman who assaulted him.

Monday, Tate was arraigned on Aggravated Assault charges, and released on $20,000 bond. She refused to talk about the case on camera, but off camera told reporters she was the victim of aggression. She would not elaborate further without an attorney.

After the stabbing, Ingram was taken to The MED, where he is expected to be okay.

Tate goes back to court next month.

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