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Minneapolis Man Beaten Unconscious After Leaving Gay Bar: VIDEO


A 30-year-old Minneapolis gay man was beaten unconscious early Sunday morning in a brutal attack that left him with a shattered jaw, a severed tongue, and boot-shaped bruises on his body.

BoltJeremy, whose last name was not disclosed by KMSP, was not robbed during the incident, which occurred after he left a gay bar. For that reason, police are exploring the possibility that it was a hate crime.

KMSP reports:

The victim lost teeth and his shattered jaw is now wired shut, and the investigation is complicated because he can't remember what happened after he left the eagleBOLTbar on Washington Avenue South...

"He is very sore, and of course, with his jaw wired shut, it is hard for him to eat," Jason Little told Fox 9 News...

The details of what occurred are few, and much of that is because the victim remembers nothing but a flash or two before he was abandoned in the cold street with a partially severed tongue that doctors at HCMC were able to reattach.

"Unfortunately, we don't have a lot of details right now," Little said. "Hopefully, with the story on the news, we'll get more information if someone saw something -- but of course, there's a lot of violence toward members of the LGBT community, and that's something we're thinking about. Could it be related?"

Police will only say that it's an open investigation and that they are exploring all possibilities, but friends note that Jeremy was not robbed.

Watch KMSP's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

An online fund has been started to raise money for Jeremy's medical bills. Find it here.


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  1. Mnpls has had a huge uptick in public violent crime in that area up through the University area, among others the past couple of years. It's near freeway exits. Everything from armed roberies to attacks. It def not safe at night for anyone to be alone. To me it seems like gangs looking for easy marks, from college kids to people leaving bars. I know plenty of people in that area who wont leave work alone at night or even use the train at night. It may be a hate crime or even someone he knew, but given all the other violence in that local area, I wonder.

    Posted by: spg | Mar 5, 2014 12:05:36 PM

  2. Wow. I never felt in any danger when I was there. It's not the biggest parking lot in the world, so maybe he parked on a side street. The Guthrie Theater is nearby. At night, it's a very busy part of the city. I really don't know if I'll feel safe there.

    The Sunday Star-Tribune had a big article about how gay marriage is going in the state. The article started on the front page with a picture of two husbands kissing. The Sunday paper is available on Saturday evening. Maybe the beating aggravated someone enough that they wanted to start hitting someone. Letters to the editor this week were from Christians who's sensibilities were offended by the picture. Perhaps someone decided that beating someone was better than two guys kissing.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Mar 5, 2014 12:08:51 PM

  3. "The details of what occurred are few....."

    Try looking at all CCTV footage within several blocks of the crime scene; try getting either a look at the perpetrators or any cars which left the scene.

    There are more cameras on every street corner than there pedestrians.
    Who else was in the bar ?
    Who left ?
    Who did he talk to, if any ?
    This assault must be blistering with leads/clues/forensics......and witnesses.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 5, 2014 12:10:02 PM

  4. Gee thanks SPG, I'll be more careful.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Mar 5, 2014 12:10:45 PM

  5. One can even see at least one camera on this particular building; there must be a dozen within a few blocks which will identify the culprit walking or fleeing the scene at that hour of the morning.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 5, 2014 12:16:51 PM

  6. @MIKE IN THE TUNDRA - I doubt there's a direct link to the newspaper article since haters tend to be non-literate (if not illiterate). Besides, they hate the "liberal media" and would never buy a copy. This is more likely caused by an AM radio hatefest, and perhaps the "news" on the Fox television affiliate, which, coincidentally is KMSP which reported the story, above. They make the news, then they report it; a very efficient business model.

    Posted by: Hansel Currywurst | Mar 5, 2014 12:33:13 PM

  7. Put all teapublicans in jails! Their mere existance is a hate crime!

    Posted by: litper | Mar 5, 2014 12:35:11 PM

  8. I'm with @JACKFKNTWIST on this - are the police doing all they can do to find the criminal(s) - Security videos, ATM videos - this couldn't have been an unseen crime, someone had to have seen something. There is no reason any gay or straight person should end up like this. Just pure evil.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Mar 5, 2014 12:43:21 PM

  9. PLEASE no one mistake this comment as anything close to blaming the victim, but we must NEVER let our guard down! ALWAYS be aware of your surroundings and if you must travel to your destination alone (especially like this unfortunate scenario), have some sort of weapon at the READY!!!

    Posted by: Ron | Mar 5, 2014 12:46:04 PM

  10. Keep in mind that Minneapolis has a gay police chief. Anyone who thinks the cops there are gonna idly sit on their hands b/c the lady at the top is disinterested in protecting the GLBT community would be misinformed.

    Posted by: Ike | Mar 5, 2014 12:57:29 PM

  11. This is terrible. The thought it can/will happen to any/some of us leaves me cold.

    Posted by: topher | Mar 5, 2014 1:09:56 PM

  12. I'd like to remind everyone not to leave an establishment late at night by yourself. I don't ever blame victims but there is also playing it smart. Head home with at least one other person, get a ride or cab it. Walking by yourself late at night, often intoxicated, you become an easy target for mugging, beating, or death.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Mar 5, 2014 1:11:34 PM

  13. They're just expressing their (and Michelle Bachman's) sincerely held religious beliefs. Why are you so intolerant of religion?

    Posted by: davitydave | Mar 5, 2014 1:18:05 PM

  14. Oh man. I hope you're OK, Jeremy.

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Mar 5, 2014 1:37:48 PM

  15. This is the result of "sincerely held religious beliefs" aka F*** you, My god tells me I can kill you so I will.

    Good luck Jeremy

    Posted by: Canny | Mar 5, 2014 1:55:49 PM

  16. DUH!!! He was gay and outside of a gay bar and the police do not want to call it a hate crime? Bachmann is the hate crime here too. Glad I left MN for the EU years ago

    Posted by: Mark | Mar 5, 2014 2:10:29 PM

  17. Bastar *s. Bachman and her ilk have blood on their hands.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Mar 5, 2014 2:12:57 PM

  18. @ Hansel Currywurst - I agree about the illiteracy, but they can see pictures. The picture in question was big and above the fold. It other words, it would be visible in all the racks.

    @ JACKFKNTWIST -Minneapolis police tend to play things close to their vest. They may very well wait until they have someone in custody.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Mar 5, 2014 2:35:18 PM

  19. Hansel,

    Haters come in all stripes, literate, intelligent, wealthy, powerful, and also poor and illiterate.

    Posted by: Tim | Mar 5, 2014 2:39:29 PM

  20. Statistically, is there a dominate demographic responsible for most violent street crime in MInneapolis? If you're randomly jumped, who most likely will your assailants be in urban America?

    Isn't there a big problem in the twin cities with especially Somali refugees resettled there by the federal government regarding violent street crime, and antigay/homophobic attitudes, including random assaults on gay or percieved gay men? I know American so called 'progressives' will get their panties in a bunch by these questions, but us it OK to ask?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 5, 2014 2:51:11 PM

  21. Conservative, homophobic and racist troll is once again scapegoating black people despite the fact that the white republicans he so vehemently supports are those most responsible for creating homophobic climates.

    He justifies this blatant racism with a fake story about how a group of black men murdered his father. Don't fall for it.

    Posted by: Tyler | Mar 5, 2014 3:19:53 PM

  22. Another brutal bashing story. I have to say it again: I'm no gun nut but bashings would be a thing of the past if we armed ourselves and more importantly if we made sure that people know we have armed ourselves. Get appropriate self-defense training, appropriate gun training, and get yourself a legal firearm that you can legally carry when you go out late at night. Protect yourself. Keep yourself safe. Isn't that better than being beaten on the street and lying in a hospital bed with your jaw wired shut? Nobody--absolutely nobody--is going to defend us except ourselves.

    Posted by: Jim | Mar 5, 2014 3:27:59 PM

  23. Why does the news guy sound so turned on by the fact that the victim wasn't robbed?

    Posted by: StudioTodd | Mar 5, 2014 3:46:02 PM

  24. For the most part these comments are kind and concerned and worthy of our community.....wherever located.

    Just one thought :
    shouldn't a gay bar/establishment have a door security man , in the interests of their customers ?

    Is that too much to ask a Bar which depends on our community ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 5, 2014 6:53:37 PM

  25. Some social groups have higher rates of doing violence to gays. What they typically have in common is a "gangster" culture or mentality. Gay bashers almost always attack in groups. Hispanics from Mexico or the Dominican Republic, whites from Eastern Europe and Russia, skinheads, inner-city blacks, devoted rap fans, and devoted sports fans. The gang or male-bonded group aspect cannot be ignored in gay bashings. It is the most prominent feature that so many gay bashings have in common. Individuals who bash gays usually are motivated by a deeper inner conflict with homosexuality.

    Posted by: Kev C | Mar 5, 2014 6:54:26 PM

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