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Gay Man Beaten In Assault Outside Cleveland, Ohio: VIDEO

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A gay man from Norwalk and his friend were attacked and beaten earlier this week while visiting a 7-Eleven in Sandusky, Ohio about 60 miles outside Cleveland. Fox 8 reports

Screen Shot 2013-06-23 at 4.31.31 PM"The victim and his friend were inside the 7-Eleven initially and the two suspects walked in right after them," said Detective Gary Wichman with the Sandusky Police Department. "The two suspects had left the store prior to the two victims and it apparently happened right after that."

Police say Angel Kennedy, 23, and Neno Miller, 18, confronted the 22-year-old victim inside the 7-Eleven.

Surveillance cameras were rolling as the victim said he and his friend were taunted and called names.

"The victim described himself as flamboyant, and he felt that because of his sexual orientation, they were attacked because of that," added Detective Wichman.

While there is no surveillance video of the attack, the police report states the victim was repeatedly punched in the face, even kicked in the ribs. The two suspects took wallets from the victims and fled the scene before being arrested by police later that day. However, whether or not the two suspects will be charged with a hate crime is still in question.

"Right now, under Ohio Revised Code, it doesn't recognize what happened as a hate crime. We had looked into it and according to the prosecutor, it doesn't fall under a hate crime," said Detective Wichman.

Ohio law allows judges to consider "hate" circumstances in sentencing if, "in committing the offense, the offender was motivated by prejudice based on race, ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation or religion." At the sentencing hearing, the judge has broad discretion to decide how much consideration, if any, will be given to "hate crime factors."

Check out a news report on the attack, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. So the couple experienced TWO hate-crimes. One by the perpetrators and another by the judge. Way to go Ohio. Sigh...

    Posted by: nick | Jun 23, 2013 6:25:43 PM

  2. We need to persue prosecuters, police and judges who dismiss hate crime charges willy nilly.

    Posted by: Kev C | Jun 23, 2013 6:40:28 PM

  3. Call in the FBI.

    Posted by: CGD | Jun 23, 2013 7:12:55 PM

  4. Um, let's be fair in reporting. Sandusky is not "outside Cleveland" -- it's at least 100 miles west and in a dark red part of the state. Bright-blue Cleveland should not be associated with this story.

    Posted by: neonzx | Jun 23, 2013 7:44:53 PM

  5. Did either of the victims have a gun?

    Posted by: David Hearne | Jun 23, 2013 7:59:31 PM

  6. Sandusky was the first place I ever went to a gay bar. They would have someone come ,check you out and then buzz you in.

    Posted by: greenfuzz | Jun 23, 2013 8:10:31 PM

  7. Thank you, neonzx, as a Clevelander this headline more than slightly annoys me. We have enough bad press as it is to tar us with incidents that aren't even in our metro area! Sandusky is as close to Toledo as it is to Cleveland...

    Posted by: Pitt90 | Jun 23, 2013 9:34:37 PM

  8. Sandusky is where the movie "Gypsy 83" was filmed. It was about two goths who drive to NYC for the Night of 1000 Stevie Nicks Contest. Karen Black was in it too.

    Posted by: Robbie Horn | Jun 23, 2013 9:50:34 PM

  9. What a crap headline, distracting from a story which needs to be heard.

    Posted by: Zeta | Jun 24, 2013 9:41:18 AM

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