Thursday, September 6, 2012
Four Marines accused of beating gay man in Cali
"You could tell by the tone of his voice that he [the Marine] was uncomfortable. He was making a demeaning remark," Silver Fox Manager John Barnes told the Press-Telegram on Tuesday, adding that the alleged attacker had called the victim “sweetheart.”
The unidentified victim said the assault occurred outside the bar. Witnesses said the men used homophobic slurs, the television station reported.
“He starts pushing me and calling me f–,” the victim said, noting that he later blacked out.
Two people who tried to help the victim were also attacked but either were not hurt or had only minor injuries, police spokeswoman Nancy Pratt said late Tuesday in a statement.
“Based on the preliminary investigation, it was determined that an assault had occurred to a male adult by several male suspects after they had left the establishment,” she said. “The Long Beach Police Department is handling this case and are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.”
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