SANDUSKY, Ohio –A man from Norwalk and his friend were attacked and beaten outside a 7-Eleven on Camp Street early Monday morning, according to Sandusky police.
“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.
There is no surveillance video of the alleged attack.
According to the police report, the victim was repeatedly punched in the face, even kicked in the ribs.
Police said the suspects took wallets from the victims and ran a couple blocks to Shelby Road, where a homeowner noticed them and flagged down police.
Police later arrested Kennedy and Miller and took them into custody.
Both men are currently in the Erie County Jail awaiting arraignment.
“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.