Four Marines Arrested Over Beating A Man Unconscious In Possible Gay Hate Crime

Four Marines stand accused of beating a film student unconscious outside the Silver Fox, a popular gay bar in Long Beach, CA  early Monday morning.

According to John Barnes, owner of the Fox, the assailants came into the bar late Sunday or early Monday where the primary suspect was visibly uncomfortable, referring to Barnes as “sweetheart.”

“You could tell by the tone of his voice that he was uncomfortable, he was making a demeaning remark,” Barnes told the Press-Telegram. As the bar was closing, the main culprit punched a young man, described as “much smaller than him.”

The victim, who has declined to have his identity revealed over concern for his safety, was leaving the bar with his boyfriend, David. “He starts pushing me and calling me f–,” he recounted to CBS LA. “I told him I was gonna call police.”

“You just saw fists, and muscles, and tattoos, and all those guys were on top of him,” David added, noting that he was too scared to move. Luckily, Charlie Harris was working in the bar and ran to his defense.

“You could hear the punches…it was bad,” Harris told CBS. He and another unidentified person tried to fight off the assailant. “When I threw him off, his partner grabbed me from the shirt…” and proceeded to drag him on his back. Harris continued to fight off the men until police arrived.

“Based on the preliminary investigation, it was determined that an assault had occurred to a male adult by several male suspects after they had left the establishment,” said police spokeswoman Nancy Pratt. “The Long Beach Police Department is handling this case and are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.”

The Marine Corps has also launched its own investigation but claims the attack was an isolated incident that was not related to the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” last year. Maj. Manuel Delarosa, a spokesman for the Marines, said in a statement Tuesday:

“This is behavior that’s not acceptable in the Marine Corps. Any crimes of intolerance are unacceptable and not tolerated as far as behavior expected of a United States Marine.”

The four accused Marines are currently out on bail and have returned to their base at Camp Pendleton in southern California. The police are planning to present the case to the LA District Attorney’s Office today.

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  • BJ McFrisky

    If this turns out to be true, it’s a total disgrace to the USMC, and this bugger needs to be made an example of. The Marines are supposed to respresent the best of America, not the actions of drunken fratboys.

  • Spike

    WTF are 4 Marines doing in LB at the Silver Fox just prior to closing other then
    looking for an opportunity to beat on a couple of gay guys? Why would any of
    them know about the Silver Fox in the first place?

    The Marines are doing their own investigation, yea right, in other words, cover up, or attempt to.

  • mlbumiller

    Lance Cpl. Lewis Serna, Lance Cpl. John O’Leary, Pfc. Thomas Pentek and Pfc. Sean Miller are facing assault charges for the beating. When the DA is done, they will also be sent Captain’s Mass, charged with several Uniform Code Military Justice article violations. They are toast, will be made examples for tarnishing the Corp. The more press the worse it will be for them. I am sure the Gay Press in San Diego will be keeping pressure on the base about this.

  • Aidan8

    This is really sad. Granted, innocent until proven guilty. Yet, this sounds like four straight marines thought it would be funny to go to a gay bar and beat the living shit out of some “faggot.” If that’s the case, I hope they rot in the brig for a long time.

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  • Levi

    @hf2hvit: See, don’t do that. The entire name-calling thing just makes “us” look bad as well. These guys are just criminal. It was a hate crime. Assuming they are “Fags” somehow correlates them to us as LGBT people and frankly, I don’t want to own their ilk.

  • BJ McFrisky

    @Levi: Good for you, Levi. I knew there had to be at least ONE adult around here.


    At the back of my pick up, a bumper sticker say “I FUCK Marines” ehehe and that is true! I do.

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