Four arrested after anti-gay attack in Arizona

By David Edwards
Tuesday, June 24, 2008 16:09 EDT
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Four men have been arrested in connection with the assault of two gay men after the Pride parade in Flagstaff, Arizona. Authorities say the assault could be classified as an anti-gay hate crime.

The Arizona Republic published the following details:

“As of Monday, the current condition of the two people was unknown. The two persons were reportedly attacked after anti-gay comments were made.”

“Authorities found four suspects and took them into custody after interviewing them. The four suspects were: Travis Reiner, 24, of Flagstaff; Christopher Rose, 26, of Englewood, Colo.; Michael Van Roteyn, 24, of Flagstaff; and Mark Greinke, 25, of Sun City.”

“The four suspects could face charges of aggravated assault, assault and disorderly conduct, and they could also be charged under hate crimes statutes, police said.”

“According to a statement from Equality Arizona – an advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people – one of the injured, Michel Brown, was unconscious and bleeding after the attack. At the time of the attack, the injured person waiting for a cab alongside staff and volunteers from Equality Arizona, the statement said. ”

This video is from CBS 5 Phoenix, broadcast June 24, 2008.

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David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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