New Details on Marines' Alleged Attack on Long Beach Gays

Long Beach police and other sources fill in details on the attack by four men, allegedly Camp Pendleton Marines, who were arrested after provoking patrons of a well-known gay bar.

Long Beach Police Department said Wednesday afternoon that it is investigating as a possible hate crime the attack Monday night of a gay man outside a well-known Belmont Heights gay bar called The Silver Fox.

The victim, identified by KNBC as a San Dimas film student, was hospitalized while police said other victims were treated at the scene. The station reported that four U.S. Marines were arrested, although Long Beach police spokeswoman Nancy Pratt would not release the arrestees' names nor describe them, citing "the investigation."

The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office said it has not received the case from Long Beach detectives, who said they intend to file charges by September 11. Officials at the Camp Pendleton marine base have declined comment unless charges have been filed.

Read Patch's prior story here.

From Long Beach Police Department Wednesday:

Here is the info we have released to this point.  We have not released any names due to the ongoing investigation.  You can check back with us a little later see if our investigation will allow us to release the names.

  • On Monday, September 3, 2012 at approximately 2:00 a.m., Long Beach police responded to the area of 4th Street and Redondo Avenue in response to a physical altercation outside of a bar involving several subjects
  • 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
  • During the assault, two other individuals who came to the aid of the victim were also assaulted
  • When police arrived, they detained the suspects and subsequently placed them under arrest for assault
  • One of the victims was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries
  • The other victims sustained either minor or no injuries
  • The Long Beach Police Department is handling this case and are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime
  • It was determined that the suspects are members of the Marine Corp. and we are cooperating with their authorities as they conduct their independent investigation
  • The case will be presented to the LA County DA's Office  on or before September 11
  • Anyone who may have information relating to this investigation should contact Violent Crimes Detective Ben Vargas at (562) 570-7250.  Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting www.tipsoft.com
John B. Greet September 06, 2012 at 05:20 PM
"'This is an isolated incident,' (Camp Pendleton spokesman Maj. Manuel) Delarosa said. 'Committing any hate crime is unacceptable behavior and is not tolerated in the Marine Corps.'" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/05/us-marines-arrested-california-gay-hate-crime-_n_1858718.html
American Veteran September 08, 2012 at 05:01 PM
This is not a isolated incident and the Commandant of the Marine Corps opposed DADT and its later repeal. Leadership begins at the top even if you are a bottom.
FOBESQ October 23, 2012 at 10:24 PM
These guys need to be prosecuted to the fullest. There should be zero tolerance. Seems like there is an increasing criminal element coming out of Pendleton which should be investigated.


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