The Broward State Attorney’s Office announced April 12 that it is filing hate crime charges against a family of three who beat a gay man so badly he is permanently blind.
The victim, a 31-year-old man, was kidnapped and beaten in Pompano Beach in August 2021 and prosecutors believe it was because of his sexual orientation.
Inna Makarenko, 45, Yevhen Makarenko, 44, and their son, Oleh Makarenko, 21, were arrested March 10 and were charged this week with attempted first-degree murder, battery during the burglary of a dwelling, and kidnapping. According to the state attorney’s office, the max penalty for each crime is life in prison.
A second son, Vladyslav Makarenko, 25, was extradited from Tallapoosa County in Alabama and is being investigated for any involvement in the crime. According to the State Attorney’s Office, no charges have been filed against him yet.
The office did not provide more information and the public records for the case did not reveal details of the incident.
Inna is being held at the Paul Rein Detention Facility while Yevhen, Vladylav and Oleh are at the Main Jail. All four are being held without bond and the three with charges against them have pleaded not guilty.
They are being represented by a public defender. The case is being handled by Assistant State Attorney Darryl Torres of the office’s Hate Crimes Unit, which was created by Broward State Attorney Harold F. Pryor.
If you have information regarding this case or would like to report a hate crime, call the Hate Crimes Hotline at 954-831-8059.