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Six arrested in attack on gay couple in Atlanta park

Tuesday, July 6, 2010
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One man and five minors were arrested in an Atlanta Park on Friday night after an assault and robbery of a gay couple, according to Atlanta police.

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

At approximately 10 p.m., Jarvis Johnson, 19, and five other males ranging in age from 13 to 17 approached two men having a picnic in Piedmont Park, asked if they were gay and then threatened them, the report states. The suspects then began to attack each individual separately.

“We were just finishing up dinner and playing cards when they came up to us and asked if we were gay,” Joshua Noblitt, 32, told the AJC on Tuesday. “It wasn’t very organized. I don’t know if they thought gay men in the park would be an easy target based on stereotypes and stuff, or what.”

Noblitt sustained a visible head injury and back pain from being kicked in the head and kidneys.

Further investigation revealed that the suspects were involved in a previous armed robbery minutes earlier.

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