The four Marines arrested Monday after allegedly beating a gay man unconscious outside a Long Beach bar have been identified as Lance Cpl. Lewis Serna, Pfc. Thomas Pentek, Pfc. Sean Miller and Lance Cpl. John O’Leary, reports UT San Diego.
The Marines have been released on bail and have returned to their Camp Pendleton base as Long Beach police investigate the case as a possible hate crime. In addition to cooperating with the LBPD, the Marine Corps is also gathering info and proceeding with an investigation of their own.
The attackers reportedly called the victim, a film student from San Dimas, a series of derogatory remarks outside the Silver Fox, a popular gay bar, before beating him unconscious. The victim, fearing for his safety, chose not to be identified.
Joe Stilinovich, commander of the Long Beach Police Department’s gang and violent crime division said they are “still trying to determine everyone’s individual role in the assault and to what extent each of them will be held culpable.” According to LBPD spokeswoman Lisa Massacani, the police department will present its findings to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office today.