Authorities investigating a supposed hate crime in Parker issued arrest warrants against the women who filed the original report.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on May 17 issued warrants for the arrest of Aimee Whitchurch, 37, and Christel Conklin, 29, who say they are lesbians. The warrants follow a seven-month investigation of a reported hate crime at the couple’s Parker condominium.
The investigation began Oct. 28, 2011, when patrol officers responded to the women’s home to find the words “Kill the Gays” written in red spray paint on the garage door. The following day, the couple reported that a noose was left on the handle of the front door.
At the time of the report, both women said they felt the incident was in retaliation for issues they were having with their homeowners association and neighbors, according to the sheriff’s office.
The FBI worked in partnership with the sheriff’s office, because of the hate crime element of the investigation. Investigators concluded Whitchurch and Conklin were responsible for spray painting the hostile message on the garage and placing the noose on their front door.
Conklin faces two counts of criminal mischief and false reporting. She was in custody at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on $1,000 bond.
Whitchurch faces two counts of criminal mischief, forgery and false reporting. She was expected to turn herself in to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office by May 17, and her bond was set at $1,000.