Gainesville-Area Man Assaulted in Homophobic Attack
A 31-year-old man was attacked by two men who yelled anti-gay epithets on the night of September 3 outside the Westend Package Bar in Newberry, Florida, the North Florida Herald reports:
"The Gainesville man, a 31-year-old white male, was badly beaten after several people questioned his sexual orientation, [Officer Steve] Maynard said. Two men punched the victim in the face and then broke a beer bottle on his head, according to the police report. The men proceeded to kick the victim once he had fallen down and was unresponsive. The attack was unprovoked, Maynard said. Initial reports, which include interviews with eyewitnesses, show that two men jumped on the victim and beat the man while calling him derogatory names related to being a homosexual. That qualifies the crime to be a hate crime, which enhances the severity of the charges.
Police have enough evidence to arrest one of the suspects, William Dennis Bracewell III, 37, of Trenton, who is believed to be in the Newberry or Trenton area. The other suspect, who has not yet been named, may also face charges Maynard said."