Police have apprehended suspects in a pair of hate crimes that targeted gay men. The assaults took place in Benton Harbor, Michigan, and Buffalo, New York.
The Benton Harbor, MI incident involved two men, one of whom reportedly attacked the other at around 6:00 a.m. on Dec. 12 at a gas station, according to a Jan. 5 South Bend Tribune article. Neither man was identified in the newspaper article. Police said the 23-year-old assailant uttered anti-gay slurs as he struck the victim, 54, in the face.
The attacker remained at large for several weeks before he was arrested at a fast food establishment elsewhere in the town, which is located on Lake Michigan. A police sketch of the suspect was published on Dec. 31 in local newspaper the Herald-Palladium, but it was security camera footage that eventually helped police track and identify the assailant.