Arrest made in Jackson lesbian assault

By Joey Leslie
Staff Writer

Jackson Police have issued an arrest warrant for 22-year-old Tyler Mansfiled in a July 14 vicious assault on lesbian Miranda Greer that left her with blurred and bubbled vision in her left eye and and the loss of her periphery vision.

Mansfield, was identified as a suspect in the attack, according to a press release issued Friday by the Jackson Police Department. Authorities said Greer was assaulted by a white male who struck her several times with a beer bottle during the scuffle.

On Saturday, July 14, Mandy Greer, of Halls, and two friends met at Tequila Joe’s, a bar in Jackson. Greer claims that shortly after arriving she was assaulted by a male patron of the bar after he made a slur against her sexual orientation.

Greer said the man told her, “There’s no room for faggots in here.”

“I said, ‘Sorry, I think you have it mistaken,’” Greer explained. “I’m a lesbian.”

As she turned away to continue dancing, Greer said the man struck her in the eye with a beer bottle. Another patron tried to pull Greer out of the way of the disgruntled man, but, according to Greer, he was still able to hit her with the bottle several more times before the two fell to the floor and began to wrestle.

Greer said a bouncer pulled her off of the man by her neck, drug her to the door and pulled her outside where he held her in a choke-hold. She said another bouncer came outside and ripped her shirt during the altercation as she tried to fight free of the bouncer’s grip.          

Managers at Tequila Joe’s who were present the night of the incident were contacted three times for comment, but no response was received by press time.

Greer said her attacker fled through a back door.

The attack spurred a protest that was held Saturday, August 4 outside of Tequila Joe’s. Protesters traveled from Dyersburg, Memphis, Nashville and Friendship as well as the immediate area to attend.

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