Back in mid-April, we reported that a South Carolina teenager had been attacked by a group of five men at a local gas station. Joshua Esskew told investigators that the assault started when one man shouted an anti-gay slur at him in front of the convenience store.
According to the Charlotte Observer, surveillance footage helped capture the alleged assailants after it was widely shown in television reports and the internet.
All five suspects are from York, S.C. Charged in the case were: Cortezio Laquise Douglas, 21; Lortarius Anthony Duncan, 22; LaJames Mitchell, 22; Darenco Markie Wilmore, 21; and Bobby Wilson, 20.
The sheriff's offices says investigators determined that after an argument between Esskew and a man standing in front of the convenience store, a man later identified as Wilson struck Esskew in the back of the head with a bottle. When Esskew attempted to confront Wilson, the sheriff's office says, the other men joined the fight.
Esskew told the (Rock Hill) Herald that the confrontation started when a man in front of the store yelled a gay slur at him. He told reporters the attack "was a hate crime."
(Image is a screenshot of the surveillance footage.)