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Gay Man Savagely Attacked, Craigslist Posting Alludes To Attack

Police in Battle Creek, Michigan are saying that the stabbing of a man in that city could possibly be a hate crime. The hate crime classification comes after learning the man is gay and discovering a ranting post on Craigslist which seems to target the victim. The victim had his car stolen by the assailant and spent a week and a half in the hospital following the attack.  

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports:

A witness told police he was nearby, heard screaming and, when he investigated, saw one man attacking another. When the witness told the attacker to stop, the man replied it was a domestic dispute and to leave. The suspect then fled, taking the victim's car. 

Craig Detective Sgt. Austin Simons, supervisor of the detective bureau, said Thursday that police are investigating an online posting which appeared the day after the attack on Craigslist, a classified advertisement website.

In the anonymous message, which has since been removed, the writer, using derogatory references to gays, alluded to the attack under the headline "I warned you, you dumb queer." The message continued about the meeting at the park and "I e-mailed and said I have something ... but you did not think it was a knife did you. Now you are in the hospital and your car is in the river. I warned you."

If the author of the Craigslist post was indeed the assailant, this sounds like it could have been yet another terrible Internet meeting. Police are still searching for the victim's car, a copper-colored Toyota Matrix. The assailant (apparently a stocky white man with bald or shaved head and wearing a black shirt) is still at large.

Watch a local news clip of the incident, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. I hope the victim is okay and won't require surgery to fix the cuts on his face.

    Posted by: River Kali | Aug 8, 2010 1:57:49 PM

  2. For shits sake people, you have no idea who the people you meat from Craigslist are. That witness showing up probably saved this man's life.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 8, 2010 3:48:45 PM

  3. hahaha, meat = Freudian Slip

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 8, 2010 3:49:59 PM

  4. as always be very careful when cruising and definitely add craigslist to the caution list
    read your local m4m ads regularly before you answer/post any ad. Be aware for any unusual patterns of posters. And by taking the time to read the ads you will come across persons who post warning ads on a particular person
    The general tone of the persons commenting on ads is that many of the posters in my area are simply posting as a fantasy...and unfortunately some persons fantasies involve hate

    Posted by: megamike | Aug 8, 2010 4:34:08 PM

  5. @ratbastard you're name fits you to a "T". Now I know what happened to one half of Beavis and Butthead.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Aug 9, 2010 4:56:56 AM

  6. WOW Jamal...alls I said was the dude's life was probably saved by the witness showing up on the scene and scaring away his attacker, and that everyone should be careful of hooking up with strangers. AND I made a legit typo that in retrospect appears to be a Freudian slip. HOW the fuck is all this bad? HOW the fuck does this make me out to be evil?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 9, 2010 5:47:12 PM

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