August 8, 2022
Police investigating attack on Utah gay couple as possible hate crime

SANDY, Utah (AP) – Police said Wednesday that an attack against a gay couple in suburban Salt Lake City is being investigated as a hate crime.

Stephanie Peacock said her 18-year-old son, Christian, and her 18-year-old boyfriend, Jacob Metcalf, were attacked after midnight on Saturday. They stood outside Peacock’s home in Sandy, a 97,000-person suburb southeast of Salt Lake City. A video recorded by Metcalf and posted on social media shows young men using homophobic slurs while Christian Peacock demands them to leave.

An altercation ensued in the video and the sound of beating could be heard. Later the peacock can be heard saying, “You think you can kill people?” Then, as per the video, the teenage couple, who say he was the attacker, abused Mayur again. His mother said that Mayur later went to the hospital to check for injuries and shivering.

A 17-year-old was arrested after the incident on suspicion of assault on Sandy Police Sergeant. Greg Moffitt told The Associated Press on Tuesday. No charges have been filed and the suspect has not been named as he is a minor.

When the charges are filed, Moffitt said that police planned to supplement a misdemeanor assault charge with a hate crime escalation because “it was very clear that the suspect (Peacock) was a gay man and was targeted for it.” it was done.”

“We want our residents to know and we want the public to know that if this happens in our city we will not tolerate it. If it is a hate crime we will pursue it as a hate crime. going,” Moffitt said.

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