RUSHVILLE, Ind. (Nov. 5, 2014) – A man who claims he is the victim of a hate crime spoke exclusively to FOX59 Wednesday.
Steve, who wanted his identity to remain concealed said he was chased and beaten in the early morning hours after Halloween.
According to Chief Craig Tucker of the Rushville Police Department, arrests are likely to be made before the end of the week. The alleged attackers Turner said, would be charged with battery and intimidation.
“All I ask is why, that’s all I want to know is why they did this,” said Steve.
On Halloween, Steve said he was out with friends at the Twisted Sisters bar in Rushville. “I was sitting there enjoying myself. All of a sudden, a guy with a white clown face said ‘you n____ need to get out of here, because I’m about to shoot up in here,'” said Steve.
“It’s a shame that you did that and it just hurts my heart because this is a town that I love so much,” he said.
Not feeling comfortable, Steve said he left the bar, but was followed out by his alleged hate seeking attacker. Steve said after a second confrontation, he ran, made it one block down the street, but fell and that’s when the beating he said, started.
“He started kicking me, three or four times,” said Steve. Steve said the beating was accompanied with more racial slurs. After repeated kicks to his legs and face, Steve said the attacker was pulled off by a friend.
“I didn’t see anything out of hand,” said Sally Collyer, a bartender at the Twisted Sisters. She said though, the bar’s owner had to ask one customer to leave because he was using racial slurs. She was not sure if that customer was Steve’s attacker. “The owners, they won’t tolerate it, so I was just shocked by hearing this. We really feel sorry,” said Collyer.
“It’s important to deal in this situation with some prudence and to let all the facts fall where they are before we make a call on that,” said Tucker. Tucker said a judge will ultimately determine if the attack was a hate crime. If the men are convicted he said, a hate crime would hold more weight in determining their punishment.