Victim calls beating gay bashing

Man says assailants repeatedly called him 'faggot' as they brutally pummeled him outside convenience store.
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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

Joker

The law protects everyone equally. Hate crime legislation is feel good legislation that is actually unconstitutional. Adding years onto a criminal's sentence simply because he "targeted" the person due to race, color, creed, etc... tries to make those people "more" equal and thus makes everyone else less equal.

Why was this person attacked and not this other one? Does it matter? The criminal attacked someone and should be punished. We shouldn't add time to a sentence because the criminal is also a bigoted SOB. All assaults and murders are hate crimes.

Simple Enough II

I agree, equal protection under the law, assault is assault no matter the reason.

Simple Enough II

Repeat.

phroggy

Well said, Joker.

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BULLISDEEP

Miller been on here before ?

your master

These boys are just need another chance. In a way they are victims too.

EdgeOfTheH20

Ha.Ha.Ha." Another chance" @ what, maybe>KILLING and not just a gang of thugs>Beating
Ha.Ha.Ha. "Another chance"

your master

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EdgeOfTheH20

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EdgeOfTheH20

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EdgeOfTheH20

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EdgeOfTheH20

BTW these "boys", as you commented, are considered>MEN. And COWARDS they remain.

S w Rand 2016

re: your master @ Thu, 06/20/2013 - 6:33am "These boys are just need another chance. In a way they are victims too"

....................Are you serious? Your comment, even though it comes from a die-hard supporter of President Obama, still surprises me a little.
Here I was, thinking you were just semi-innocently fooled by the oncoming waves of media pundits and opinion bloggers. It would seem that I may also be susceptible to some degree of naivety.

You do realize that you are making this comment while also continuing to support the very president who signed the Food Safety and Modernization Act (which is an assault on EVERYONE's well-being)?
This is the law which allows the FDA to force you to dispose of any organic food that you are serving to people, whether for profit or not. Yeah, the law which also allows the FDA to raid your vitamin supplement store and seize your products regardless of whether there is any proof that they are contaminated and, even IF they WERE contaminated, arrest you whether you knew it or not.

I am just wondering whether or not this indicates some sort of a pattern where you are willing to forgive injustices as long as they are committed by Black people (or African-Americans, depending on your preference). I hope it is just a coincidence.
P.S. I am sorry if I seem to be harsh. I am merely questioning. And it just seemed as if, by "another chance," you meant that they should not be incarcerated. I mean, what else should I conclude?

God Of Thunder

Thugs like this only like to gang up on 1 person at a time, they cant't handle 1-on-1... So they waited for the friend to go back into the store, and then they turned into 'real' men.

your master

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TboneWalkerJr

You could delete every comment with idiotic rules that broad. "insensitivity" ???? are you freaking kidding??

How about this: Your removal of this comment was INSENSITIVE to his feelings and opinions. I believe your removal comment is INSENSITIVE and will therefore report it

YoMamma

I bet if these two scumbags were beat on by two white gay guys it would be a hate crime. The NAACP would blow up this board!

Simple Enough II

Yup, they sure would, and they would be marching the streets of Sandusky from 1 bus stop to the next that is.

your master

There is no reason that white people can't demonstrate and march for injustices committed against us.

TboneWalkerJr

What a quaint thought!! You weren't really serious were you?

Whites demonstrating and marching to support their right to be white and not be persecuted for it?

Perfect way to get labeled a WHITE SUPREMICIST and get beat down by liberal and black counter-protesters.

Whites marching as you described, peacefully to protest anti-white bias would be INVESTIGATED BY THE OBAMA DOJ as a HATE GROUP

Then Obama would go on national TV and call such whites a THREAT TO DEMOCRACY

OH-IO

Well typically two white gay men aren't going to beat them. But I get your point.

WhyRweHere

A NORWALK man beaten outside a convenient store NEAR his home on Camp St?? Huh??? Is he from Norwalk or sandusky?? "Late night snack"??? 4am is early morning to most hard working Americans.... Are you really that ignorant to be walking the streets of that toilet of a city ?? Is anyone else more surprised at that the people who are surprised this happened?? Should you be able to goto 7-11 at any hour of the day??? Of course, but not in sandusky....

JudgeMeNot

Yep.

deertracker

Reads like a robbery to me.

S w Rand 2016

I agree with you, sir.
Whether or not the attackers think gay people are "weird" seems irrelevant in this case. The very fact that the victims offered to buy their soon-to-be attackers a lighter tells me that the victims gave off a submissive vibe. The predators sensed prey and would've pounced on them either way.

They should stick to assault and robbery. We shouldn't make a mockery of our court nor diminish the consistency of the peoples' integrity in regards to their ability to exercise reasonable judgment (which is the basis of self-governance).

he said she said

Pure ignorance. People don't like what they don't know. If the story is true about the kids being gay and they got beat for that, it is a hate crime and I don't care what the state says or doesn't say. Does this mean that if this kid starts a gay pride march to protest his being beaten that there will be a riot because all gay people should be beaten?

Growing up in Sandusky, if there was a problem between two people, we had our fisticuffs and the problem was solved--ONE ON ONE. You either beat the hell out of the person you were fighting or they did you but there weren't any other people involved. There was none of this being jumped by two or more people. Just proves that somebody can't handle themselves in a fight. I always thought a 'thug' was one that could handle themselves and didn't need back-up. Guess I better check the dictionary again, huh?

Foryourinformation

Deertracker and he said she said: You two are on point! I am so sick and tired of people getting on here making everything about if it was "2 whites" or "2 blacks" what this group will do or that one. As a white woman, we have never seen or heard of the NAACP marching down the streets in Sandusky, so please stop trying to insight a race riot on this blog. These were 2 cowardly and pathetic individuals who probably targeted these men because of their sexuality...point blank...period! Nothing to do with black or white! They should be punished to the fulliest and taken off the streets to not be able to target anyone for their sexuality, race, religion, or hard earned money again. They are "thugs" by definition of society and should be taken off the streets, not because of the NAACP, White Supremacist Groups, or nothing else.

candleburner

Well said!!!!

shesaidwhat

Not shocking for these two at all...

grandmasgirl

Sorry, but most times it is about who you are. AND the race issue has gotten much worse (in this area) than it was in the 50's and 60's. At school everyone was equal. It is only now that certain people feel they can do anything and get away with it because they are different. I think there are more race issues than ever. If you want equality among all, then just treat everyone the same and stop playing the "it's because I'm black, white, gay, fat, handicapped, etc game.

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