Victim calls beating gay bashing

Man says assailants repeatedly called him 'faggot' as they brutally pummeled him outside convenience store.
Register
Jun 20, 2013

By COURTNEY ASTOLFI
astolfi@sanduskyregister.com

A Norwalk man brutally beaten outside a local convenience store Monday morning said he is certain the attackers targeted him because of his sexual orientation.   

“It was pretty much a hate crime,” said the victim, asking the Register not to identify him for fear of retaliation. “I was targeted because of the way I am.” 

Unlike some other states, Ohio has no law making it a hate crime to target someone because of his or her sexual orientation. 

Shortly before 4 a.m. Monday, two men attacked the 22-year-old victim just outside the front doors of the 7-Eleven on Camp Street.  

Police later arrested Angel Kennedy, 23, of the 200 block of McDonough St., and Neno Miller, 18, of the 2200 block of Mills St., charging them with aggravated robbery, criminal trespass and obstruction. Kennedy received an additional charge of criminal damaging.

The victim said he and his friend went to the store for a late-night snack run.

 Inside the store, they were confronted by two customers — later identified as Kennedy and Miller — who allegedly began calling them “faggots.” 

The victim said he and his friend ignored the taunts, finished their purchase and walked out the door. But the two men followed close behind, asking the victim for a lighter. When he couldn’t provide one, his friend offered to purchase one to just be finished with the interaction. 

When the victim’s friend turned to re-enter the store to buy a lighter, the men allegedly lunged at them.

“Everything happened so quick,” the victim said. “They punched me in the head so many times and kicked me in the face.” 

He suffered several abrasions to the face and a cut to his chin, which later required several stitches, according to a Sandusky police report. 

The assailants grabbed the victim’s wallet and then fled on foot, the report said.  

Police arrived and spotted the attackers running in the 600 block of Shelby St., but officers were ultimately unable to catch them. A Shelby Street resident approached officers during the search and said he awoke to crashing noises in his yard. 

The resident said one of the suspects, later identified as Kennedy, came to his bedroom window and said, “Man I’m only 16, and got jumped by 10 dudes at 7-Eleven, they were chasing me man,” the police report said. 

The resident said he tried to stall the suspect, but the man fled when a police cruiser’s lights swept the property.  

Police went to the emergency room and got statements from the victims. About two hours later, officers got a call from the same Shelby Street resident, who said the two suspects had just returned to his yard in search of baseball hats they lost during the chase.  

Officers arrived and quickly arrested Kennedy and Miller, who witnesses identified as the alleged assailants.   

The victim and his friend made it clear they believe they were targeted because they are gay. The victim said the assailants took his wallet as more of an afterthought, tossing it aside after they fled and stealing nothing.

In Ohio, hate crime laws do not include a provision protecting people based on sexual orientation, Sandusky police detectives said. Race, color, religion and national origin are the only protected groups under Ohio’s ethnic intimidation law.

“I was targeted because of who I am,” the victim said. “Who’s it going to be next time?”

Comments

transplant

I wonder, why were these people out at 4 a.m. for a snack? Ever heard of sleeping? Go to bed at a decent hour and get up and go to work. In my opinion, these streets should be empty of people and cars after the bars close. Around here, if you are out at that time of morning without some legitimate reason, you are just asking for trouble. And what were the two guys who committed the crime doing out at 4 a.m.? Go home people and stay there!

Blues

Some people work the night shift. That must be a strange thing to you?

he said she said

I can't speak for those that were involved, but did you ever think that someone like me, who worked third shift for so many years, can't get their clock to change back to what you say is 'normal' sleeping hours? Being up and outside at 3 a.m. is normal for me and being at 7-11 at 4 would be normal for me also if I wanted to go. So from your post, I'm just supposed to stay home when I'm wide awake and you are sleeping??

transplant

to you and Blues...I understand shift work very well. I have worked that shift as well as late shifts. I may be a bit more organized than some people and get my necessary items during the daylight hours, especially with all the crime after dark in this town...just saying. I am a late night person and often stay up until 3 or 4 a.m. but I would not go out around here at that time. No disrespect intended for those who work late shifts. I also understand that some people start their shifts early in the morning. Still...no reason to make those stops if planning ahead. Get some snacks to keep on hand for those occasions when one might get the munchies in the middle of the night.

Blues

Graveyard shifters very seldom see the light of day. On my days off, I'd go to 24 hour Walmart to do my shopping at 3:30 - 4:00 AM. One doesn't even have the hustle and bustle and checkout is instantaneous. If the stores weren't open, we would HAVE to do as you say. I shouldn't have to be intimidated to not go wherever I want, whenever I want as long as the place is open.

he said she said

transplant: I'm glad you understand shift work. I'm also glad that you thought ahead and bought your snacks so you don't have to go out at night. Me, I prefer to reserve my right to leave my house without the fear of someone attacking me in what is my daytime. I have gone grocery shopping in the wee hours of the morning and I have looked at cars in lots where the last person to leave locked up at 8 or 9 pm. These two that attacked the other two are cowards and I am not nor will I be intimidated by anyone.

It is your choice to lock yourself in your home nice and tight at night so the boogeyman won't get you. Don't forget this though, the boogeyman comes out in the day light too.......

LivLuvLearn

@transparent, so let me get this straight...Because these guys were out at 4am getting a "snack" they deserve what the got!?! Come on, did you think that up on your own? And btw, no one cares what your opinion it because you are an idiot.

transplant

I am absolutely not saying they deserved what they got. Just saying it is not always the safest place to go out after dark. Wow...you are kind of mean. You say "no one cares what your opinion it....and you did say "it". (now who is the idiot?) You must or you would not have read it or replied to it. Thank you for your comments, though. I will definitely take them to heart....NOT.

OH-IO

Yes your supposed to stay in your house if you don't want to get robbed at this time of the night. They still have to be held responsible for the crime but this ain't Mayberry.

LivLuvLearn

Yes OH-IO, we must stay in the house after dark, behind our locked door, with our tin foil hats to be safe! HUGE props to the Shelby street man that reported this to the police! 2 THUGS down and many more to go!!

DrLisa10

Regardless of sexual orientation, what they done is completely wrong and unjust. I hope they are both punished by the maximum terms the law allows. We as citizens, need to learn to live together not against one another. You may not agree with someone's sexuality, gender or race, that doesn't mean go out and cause harm to them. I will feel much safer at night with these thugs behind bars.

JACKEL

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Remarks that discriminate based on age, race, religion, disability, etc..

Foryourinformation

Jackel: You and that TboneWalker "thing" need to stay hidden in your country barns somewhere with the animals and stop commenting on the people of Sandusky who has helped to make this town a great place to live. It is the times we live in ANY city, not just Sandusky, and it happens to every race, creed, religious beliefs, etc. I can proudly call you an IDIOT and an IGNORANT moron who needs to go and build your home on the moon somewhere instead of trying race bash and cause trouble for our community. So what if we have a "black" in the white house! I can speak as a white woman who have lived through 4 white presidents and their were more white on white crimes than there were black on whites. You are so pathetic...you and the "Tbonewalker" coward!

transplant

I just love the comment sections on this newspapers site. They give me great belly laughs.

brwright

Sandusky is getting as bad a Cleveland! We need to start cracking down on those who do these kinds of crime. This town should not tolerate thugs who look to do others harm in the dead of night! Sandusky used to be a safe quiet community as I remember growing up in the 50's and 60's. Not anymore!!

TboneWalkerJr

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Personal attacks (including: name calling, presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity, or picking fights) and Remarks that discriminate based on age, race, religion, disability, etc..

Jmschmidt812

I know these two victims and neither is white, and one works a 12hr midnight shift. So he is use to being up at that hour. So enough with the black vs white card. He was assaulted for the simple fact that he was gay, nothing more.

Foryourinformation

Hooray to you Jmschmidt812! We are a great community of a great diverse population standing strong. We don't need this crap and race bashing from this ignorant minded people who are blogging from afar and don't even live in our community.

Sunshine1121

7-11 is the most ghetto place. It should just be shut down. Also, is stinks!

Charlie Watson

No matter the time of day or location, a crime committed because of ignorance and hate is still a crime committed because of ignorance and hate, whether state law recognizes crime motivated by ignorance and hate or not. If one has never had the experience of being selected for assault because of ignorance and hate one may not be able to comment intelligently on the topic.

TboneWalkerJr

WAKE UP YET SANDUSKY? I CHALLENGE and DARE the register to publish the racial breakdown of ALLEGED offenders arrested, charged and/or convicted for violent crimes.

Per the 2010 Census, Sandusky is about 22% black. I can GUARANTEE you that the % of ALLEGED violent crime offenders is at least DOUBLE THAT.

WHY? Not racism or stereotyping as liberals and dems or the MODERATORS will assume in deleting this legitimate objective post.

FACT - Nationwide blacks are 12% of the population.

FACT - Nationwide that 12% of the population commits 50% of all the MURDERS and 50% of VIOLENT CRIME. that is a FACT, with SOURCES BELOW and therefore can NOT be considered "racist" or a "stereitype"

SIMPLE MATH - IF the Sandusky black population is almost double the national average, the portion of Sandusky's murders and violent crime will be WELL OVER 50%.

Educated guess? about 75%

TOLEDO is about 24% black and per MANY SOURCES including the DOJ Uniform Crime Report, Toledo Blade Violent Crime and Homicide Database and even Lucas County Sheriffs offender list:

BLACKS in Toledo account for more than 75% of Toledo's violent crime and murders

LOOK AT THE Erie COUNTY sheriff's booking records. 75% of ARRESTED/ChARGED ALLEGED OFFENDERS ARE BLACK.

Does BLACK SKIN cause violent crime? obviously NO but only a complete idiot or liberal would ignore the OBVIOUS

Do whites commit violent crimes? OF COURSE, yet when someone DARES to mention BLACK crime, liberals and other assorted PC idiots immediately read into that "whites do not commit crimes"

YES, WHITES COMMIT VIOLENT CRIMES and BLACKS commit WAY TOO MUCH violent crime. IN fact blacks commmit DOUBLE THE VIOLENT CRIME OF WHITES even though whites outnumber blacks SIX to ONE.

MODERATORS - There is not one thing in this post that violates the rules. No racism, no stereotyping but reporting of FACTS with SOURCES PROVIDED unlike 99% of the other posts that say unsubstantiated things.

just because you don't like this post doesn't give you the legitimate right per Register rules to delete it.

Yes, you can abuse the authority given you or stretch the intent of the rules to claim this post is "insensitive" but in deleting it you are HIDING the truth and directing attention away from the problem

By doing that YOU are enabling it to continue and the body count to escalate. Guess who 90% of the VICTIMS OF BLACK VIOLENT CRIME ARE?

OTHER BLACKS. By deleting posts like this in order to silence the messenger YOU ARE MAIMING AND KILLING BLACKS

Guess who THAT makes the real racist?

FBI DOJ report on Homicide Trends in the United States

http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=...

FBI DOJ Bureau of Justice Statistics

http://www.bjs.gov/

Foryourinformation

TboneWalkerJr: I am a WHITE WOMAN speaking LOUD to your ignorance...go fly to the moon with your statics and ineffective means to recruit people to your pathetic and cowardly minded group. This is not the 19th century, but the 21st century and we all (all God's people of every race, religion and sexual orientation) stand strong against your antics and means to destroy others. You all are like a dog that has a loud bark, but if we stomp our feet at you, you run the other direction with your tails between your legs wailing. It is evident here with your comments on the blogs posted on the register every time there is something posted with an african american. If you were so proud of yourself and your demonic group, you would post who you really are instead of hiding behind that stage name. Stay out of our family affair here in Sandusky! We will work together here to get rid of the "thuggish" crime committers here to protect our innocent community members. We do not need your help!

starryeyes83

If there is a God? You have to prove that one.

thinkagain

The reason atheists are bothered by people believing in God is because God is actively pursuing them.

A loving God does exist and can be known in an intimate, personal way.

The fact is, you don’t want to know him.

“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

starryeyes83

uh, yeah, right.

* eyeroll*

sash

You may want to extend your "research" a bit. Numerous studies have confirmed the correlation between poverty and crime, NOT race. Comparing primarily "white" neighborhoods and "African American/minority" neighborhoods with high poverty rates showed the same high crime rates and conversely white and African American neighborhoods in more affluent neighborhoods had lower crime rates for both. So, when you take into account that African Americans in Ohio live in poverty at nearly three times the rate of whites(44%/15%), it isn't really surprising that the crime rates are higher overall. If you're so bent out of shape about crime that you have to hit the cap key nonstop, perhaps you should direct your ire at the poverty in our state and country.

starryeyes83

What I find amazing, is that the paper will print out the word "fa -- ot" and "f-- " . That's okay. Their filter prevents me from using it.

However, the " N " word is off limits, so much so, that you have to refer to it as the " N " word.

Double Standard, much?

Just where is the NAACP to express their outrage on this?

Oh, that's right.. they won't.

Maybe we all need the NAAWP.

;]

Firelandsobserver

The idea that "The law protects everyone equally. Hate crime legislation is feel good legislation that is actually unconstitutional" is poor logic and probably the weakest case that all laws protect all people the same way. The specificity of law is as essential as the law itself if it is to identify the criminal and punish them according to their motivation. To say that laws against hate crimes is "feel good legislation" and should therefore not be identified as such is an attempt to mask their intent and a refusal to recognize the victim based on personal values or prejudices. These types of laws are in place precisely because historically these targeted groups: women, blacks, homosexuals, children and the elderly were either easy targets for abuse or because the law refused to identify them as people with rights that could claim damages. A crime is a crime and naturally should be punishable by law, but to remove the motive is a refusal or denial to identify with the victim based on personal beliefs or prejudices.

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