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LINCOLN, Neb. -- The man charged with committing a hate crime outside Club Q early Friday morning also gave Lincoln police a fake ID, according to police records.
Lincoln Police Capt. Jim Davidsaver said Monday that Lucas M. Clifford, 19, 1014 Claremont St., was cited Friday evening on suspicion of possessing an Indiana ID that gave his name as Luke Stevens, 22.
That's the name police released Friday when Officer Katie Flood described the incident outside the gay bar at 226 S. Ninth St.
She said Clifford, then thought to be Stevens, was arrested after an officer saw him punch a 32-year-old man at about 1:40 a.m. Prior to the punch, witnesses told the officer, Clifford yelled derogatory terms about homosexuals. The man who was hit was treated for minor injuries at the scene.
According to police, Clifford was at the bar Thursday evening prior to the incident outside. Police believe he got upset after a girl turned down his advances.
He was charged Friday in Lancaster County Court with third-degree assault and commission of a hate crime.
Should he be convicted of a hate crime, state law allows the assault charge to be enhanced from a misdemeanor to a felony.
The name of the man charged remained Luke Stevens in records Monday, but Davidsaver said court officials will be notified about Clifford's real name today.
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