Reward Being Offered to Find Suspect Accused of Beating Gay Couple

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Updated: 3/13/2013 4:18 pm

        About a month ago, an early morning brawl left two men injured.

Now, an anonymous reward of $4,000 is being offered to anyone who can lead police to the suspect who left one of the men with fractures to his face.

The assault happened on 9th Avenue, just a block away from the Pocatello Police Department.

According to police reports two men were walking home early Sunday morning after partying with friends at Charley’s and some other local bars.

As the victims were walking a man described as 6 feet tall and muscular; jumped out and assaulted them.

Some people are calling this a hate crime because the two men were holding hands; but the results of the investigation have brought something more to light.

“The investigation does show that the victims were walking in the roadway, they exchanged angry obscenities over walking in the road, the
suspect allegedly told the victims to get out of the road and then the suspect returned, stopped his car and assaulted them” said Lieutenant Paul Manning of the Pocatello Police Department.

The findings have also found that the suspect made no comment about any sexual orientation; even though the two victims were holding hands.

The only words uttered by the suspect had to do with the victims walking on the road.

“One victim did say that they were holding hands, but we’re still not sure if that’s the motivation for the suspect to stop” continued Manning.

An anonymous person or group of people is offering $4,000 to anyone who can lead police to the suspect.

“Obviously we’re hoping that that will get somebody to come forward and give us you know, a little more information” said Manning.

Whether it was a hate crime or not; two victims were assaulted and police are still looking for the culprit.

The Pocatello Police Department is asking for the public to contact them if you have any information about the suspect. That number is 234-6142.

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