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Gay Man Beaten in Victorville Hate Crime

VICTORVILLE – ( A 34-year-old gay man was brutally attacked and sustained numerous injuries after he was the victim of a hate crime in the city of Victorville. The incident occurred on October 28, 2014, at approximately 8:23 p.m., that’s when deputies responded to the area of Mall Boulevard and Petaluma Road for a report of a robbery investigation.

According to authorities, it was determined the victim had been assaulted in the drainage wash in the area and his wallet and cell phone taken by force. It was also determined the victim had been beaten in the attack by several suspects and homosexual slurs used while assaulting the victim.

The unidentified male victim had met 23-year-old Victorville resident Ethan Walker prior to the attack and a friendship developed. The victim later asked Walker to have coffee and Walker asked the victim if he were gay. The suspect began to yell at the victim and the conversation ended.

The following day, Walker called the victim and apologized, asking the victim if he was going to walk to work the following day. Walker advised he would walk the victim to work.

The victim was attacked by Walker, 22-year-old Robert Fraire, a 17-year-old male and possibly two other suspects using rocks, a 2 x 4 board and bottles causing numerous injuries to the victim, according to police.

Fraire and the 17-year old male have been arrested and a warrant for Walker has been issued. Anyone with information of the location of Walker or additional information should call Detective Dana Weinberg at (760)241-2911 or call 911.

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