A North Carolina man was arrested and charged with a hate crime for perpetrating a scooter attack on two gay men in Key West.
The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office took Brandon Ray Davis, 30, into custody on March 1. He is awaiting extradition to Key West where he faces a felony charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
According to a police report, Kevin Seymour and Kevin Price were riding bicycles on Duval Street when they spotted Davis driving erratically on a scooter. When the men alerted Davis he had almost hit a vehicle, Davis launched into a tirade against the men, calling them “fags” and knocking Seymour to the ground.
Davis allegedly attempted to justify this behavior by announcing, “you live in Trump country now.” Also Davis, allegedly told Seymour “I’ll cut you up” if he contacted the police.
Detectives with the Key West Police Department were able to identify Davis partly through the scooter rental agency where he left a copy of his driver’s license. The victims noted the scooter’s license plate before the suspect fled the scene.
As to the hate crime charge, cops believe “probable cause exists to believe there was evidence of prejudice in Davis’ attack of Seymour,” said Alyson Crean, public information officer for the Key West Police Department. “(Davis) used explicit bias language in reference to their sexual orientation. Davis then attacked Seymour without any provocation.”
The Jacksonville (N.C.) Daily News reports Davis is fighting extradition and out of jail on a $10,000 bond.