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5 Charged In Oregon For Beating Man They Lured To Park

6a00d8341c730253ef017d40f41e4c970c-300wiFive Oregon teenagers were arrested early Friday morning after allegedly luring a gay man to a public park and then beating and robbing him.

According to police, a 24-year old man drove to Vance Park in Gresham, Oregon, thinking he was meeting another man, but instead he found five masked and armed teenagers who beat and robbed him.

The teens, four boys aged 16 to 19 and a girl, 14, are being charged with robbery, assault and intimidation, and the victim's recovering from minor injuries.

Describing the attack, the victim told Portland's KGW, "When I saw the gun I thought I was going to be dead and that’' why I did everything that I could to give them what they wanted."

"I hope they learn their lesson," he said. "I feel bad for their parents but they need to learn from their mistakes and take the punishment that they get."

The attacks comes just days after activists in Oregon announced a new push to legalize same-sex marriage there.

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  1. I doubt the push for marriage equality has anything to do with the beating. But what amazes me is that Young gay men are still too ashamed, or too unaware, or too into dangerous sex that they would agree to meet someone in a park after dark. If you want anonymous sex go to a bath house. It's safer, no guns involved.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Feb 16, 2013 1:17:32 PM


  2. Kudos to the police in Oregon for SWATing the perps. I'd have given good money just to see the looks on their faces when SWAT swooped in on them.

    Posted by: Kevin Foster | Feb 16, 2013 1:30:12 PM


  3. Kudos to the police in Oregon for SWATing the perps. I'd have given good money just to see the looks on their faces when SWAT swooped in on them.

    Posted by: Kevin Foster | Feb 16, 2013 1:30:23 PM


  4. They're suggesting that there may have been a string of similar crimes perpetrated by these punks

    http://www.gayly.com/tags/justin-simms

    Posted by: oliver | Feb 16, 2013 1:37:25 PM


  5. Gresham is the same place as where the bigot Aaron Klein and his bakery refused to serve the lesbian couple. Given the photo of that guy Justin Simms, I'm guessing these kids are all on drugs, but Justin Simms definitely looks drugged up in that booking photo.

    If you're going to use sex apps to hook up, PLEASE meet the person beforehand at a public place. Do not meet them at some remote area, and do not meet them at your house. Ask to meet them for a drink or at a McDonalds or something. If they act awkward about it or give off suspect vibes then you need to break it off.

    These types of crime happen all of the time to both gay and straight folk but gay men are more at risk due to homophobia and the fact that criminal-minded persons see gay men as easy targets. Please, please be careful and be aware.

    Posted by: Francis | Feb 16, 2013 3:21:02 PM


  6. Yes, people shouldn't lure other people to a park at midnight with the intention of beating and robbing them.

    Yes, it would be great if we could live in a world where everyone could go to parks at midnight and meet totally awesome total strangers for a million reasons or no reason at all. Someday we might.

    But...

    right now we don't. So don't arrange to meet people at midnight in a park. Ever.

    Posted by: Eric | Feb 16, 2013 3:41:09 PM


  7. That's true, Eric. At least, you shouldn't go alone - maybe have someone follow you and keep an eye out.

    Then again, and particularly, if this is a pattern of luring and robbing, and relying on gay men keeping quiet about it, it's a criminal matter than needs to be dealt with.

    Hopefully people will come forward so that these people don't get a light sentence from a legal system that tends to be influenced by gay-hating bigotry.

    Posted by: Buckie | Feb 16, 2013 4:07:46 PM


  8. They were just trying to earn their merit badges in Gay Bashing

    Posted by: Scout | Feb 16, 2013 6:57:55 PM


  9. Everyone involved needs to "learn their lesson".

    Posted by: gb | Feb 16, 2013 9:03:20 PM


  10. This is the problem with "hate crimes". There are gangs of gay young people in DC who will rob and beat you if given the opportunity. What crime would they be charged with? That's right, they would be charged with robbing and beating you.... as they should be. But even though they would choose you because you are gay, it wouldn't get labeled a hate crime.

    Hate crime laws don't send a stronger message, they enhance the public's belief that the law is arbitrary.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Feb 16, 2013 11:50:59 PM


  11. @David


    No, different treatnent for the rich and white does that.

    Posted by: Eric | Feb 17, 2013 2:03:34 AM


  12. @David


    No, different treatnent for the rich and white does that.

    Posted by: Eric | Feb 17, 2013 2:03:40 AM


  13. @David Hearne: the article said nothing about hate-crime charges.

    Hate crime charges are justified when a victim is selected an attacked because of traits such as sexual orientation, real or perceived. In one case, a guy was beaten outside a gay bar in San Francisco because his assailants thought he was gay. He was straight - he lived in an apartment above the bar and his assailants didn't notice that he had come out of the apartment, not the bar. That was considered a hate crime. Another
    victim of such a crime would be his landlord, who would not be able to get as much rent if it were known that people living on his property would be subject to an enhanced risk of being beaten.

    Not only do such crimes intimidate more people than the victim, but the crimes are harder to solve: the victim does not know the assailant, who can wait to select an isolated victim, and there may not be a robbery that provides physical evidence that might be traced. If a crime is harder to solve due to discernible factors, an enhanced penalty when those factors are present is justifiable - you need a longer sentence to serve as a deterrent if the risk of getting caught is lower.

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 17, 2013 2:32:37 AM


  14. @David Hearne: the article said nothing about hate-crime charges.

    Hate crime charges are justified when a victim is selected an attacked because of traits such as sexual orientation, real or perceived. In one case, a guy was beaten outside a gay bar in San Francisco because his assailants thought he was gay. He was straight - he lived in an apartment above the bar and his assailants didn't notice that he had come out of the apartment, not the bar. That was considered a hate crime. Another
    victim of such a crime would be his landlord, who would not be able to get as much rent if it were known that people living on his property would be subject to an enhanced risk of being beaten.

    Not only do such crimes intimidate more people than the victim, but the crimes are harder to solve: the victim does not know the assailant, who can wait to select an isolated victim, and there may not be a robbery that provides physical evidence that might be traced. If a crime is harder to solve due to discernible factors, an enhanced penalty when those factors are present is justifiable - you need a longer sentence to serve as a deterrent if the risk of getting caught is lower.

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 17, 2013 2:32:48 AM


  15. If these juvenile delinquents had been just a little older, the "victim" would've been left face down in a ditch with a bullet through his head. What a dumb, dumb, dumb thing to do.

    Posted by: Bill Michael | Feb 17, 2013 3:32:54 AM


  16. I hope the 'victim' has learned a valuable lesson. He's lucky he's alive. Mr. Simms reeks of bad vibes.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 17, 2013 10:17:37 AM


  17. I hope the 'victim' has learned a valuable lesson. He's lucky he's alive. Mr. Simms reeks of bad vibes.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 17, 2013 10:17:47 AM


  18. Addendum: So let's keep gay sex alive and grab it when you can. Youth and beauty are all too fleeting.

    Posted by: Mikey | Feb 18, 2013 5:07:50 PM


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