Police: Same-sex couple attacked in downtown Athens

A same-sex couple was beaten in downtown Athens by three other men who called them derogatory names upon seeing the victims crossing the street while holding hands, Athens-Clarke County police said.

 

“The motivation for this attack was solely based off the fact that this couple is a homosexual couple,” said Epifanio Rodriguez, spokesman for the Athens-Clarke County Police Department.

“They were harassed, called names and then followed by this group and were forced to defend themselves when attacked,” Rodriguez said.

When the same-sex couple — a man from Walton County and the other from Fort Benning — finished crossing the street in the 300 block of College Avenue, they were rushed by two men from Marietta and a third from Fort Benning, police said.

The attackers were in town for the Georgia-South Carolina football game, police said.

The combatants were treated at the scene by National EMS personnel, and none wanted to go to the hospital for further treatment, according to police.

The investigation was closed, according to Rodriguez, because the victims did not want to press charges and independent evidence was not captured by the downtown surveillance camera system.

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