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Five arrested in possible gay bashing after luring man to park for sex

Saturday, February 16, 2013

GRESHAM, Ore. — Police in Gresham, Ore., said they have arrested five young people for beating and robbing a man they lured into a park under the pretense that he would be meeting another man for sex.

Justin Sims (Booking photo)

Police said they received a report early Friday of masked people with guns punching and kicking a man at Vance Park in Gresham.

The robbers fled, but were later arrested and charged with robbery, intimidation and assault. Four are juveniles, three boys and a girl. A fifth was identified as 19-year-old Justin Simms of Gresham.

The victim Adam Salnardi, a 24-year-old Clackamas man, said his wallet and cellphone were stolen, and he suffered only minor injuries.

Salnardi later told KATU-TV that he was lured to the park through a dating website under the ruse that he would be meeting a homeless man who needed his help.

They had planned to meet the man at midnight at the park.

“We were just talking and he told me wanted to hang out, that he was homeless, I thought maybe I’d be able to help him and I just go there to meet him,” Salnardi said.

Police called it “a targeted attack based on his sexual orientation.”

Police believe the same group may have attacked other gay men using the same ruse, possibly also at Vance Park or in the surrounding area, but that victims were unwilling to report them.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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  1. CSS! all!

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 3:54pm
  2. I hate ignorance and stupidity and human beings with the mindset of teenage biggotts…

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 3:54pm
  3. Shared.

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 3:56pm
  4. Those 5 guys seriously deserve to have their Asses Beat, and then Robbed, AND THAT IS ONLY THE BEGINNING!

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 3:56pm
  5. sick bastards

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 3:59pm
  6. An eye for an eye…….

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 3:59pm
  7. As sad as it is, it’s a good warning; meeting strangers on the internet for sex can be a bad idea, even if the end result really isn’t your fault at all.

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 4:00pm
  8. it was sad to see on the news here in Portland, Oregon

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 4:00pm
  9. First of all, it is *SICK* that people would do this to anyone!!

    Second, to anyone who uses “dating” sites to meet potential “dates”, more and more of these incidents are occurring. TAKE CARE!! Always make sure you let someone know where you are going. Don’t take chances!!

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 4:00pm
  10. 4 of them were KIDS for fracks sake!!!!the hell has this world come to when CHILDREN are attacking people for no other reason than hes attracted to the same sex?!?!?!?!?!?!this is getting incredibly ridiculous!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 4:01pm
  11. thats so fuqed up

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 4:02pm
  12. Hope they get put away for a long time!

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 4:03pm
  13. Throw those homophobics in jail! Sick puppies!

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 4:04pm
  14. Horrible what happened, but why would a homeless man post on a dating website?

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 4:10pm
  15. same town where they wouldnt make a cake for a lesbian couple

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 4:11pm
  16. Disappointing. Hate crime. Throw them in prison.

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 4:12pm
  17. they need to start reporting so the idiots will think twice about attacking someone because they are gay….if enough were reported they would have to charge them with multiple hate crimes….publicity is sometimes the only way to get anything done

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 4:17pm
  18. I noticed that this is the second time in as many years that this same man has been a victim of gay hate crime. Though he seems to have a few felony convictions under his own belt.

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 4:19pm
  19. Is anyone noticing that this is the second time this same man has made hate crime accusations?

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 4:29pm
  20. This is the same town that Mellisa’s bakery refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple and duff from ace of cakes is now making and delivering them a cake cross country for free.

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 4:29pm
  21. If you’re recently homeless it’s very likely you’d still have a cellphone with service.

    Then again he would’ve had other connections, ya?

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 4:41pm
  22. They’ll learn all about gay sex in jail. Lol

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 5:00pm
  23. IGNORANT people

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 5:15pm
  24. let the punishment fit the crime..beat the shit outta the little miscreants…

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 5:16pm
  25. i wish they were in new york and started with me!

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 5:31pm
  26. sad.

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 5:34pm
  27. I just want to live in the world where five guys lure a man to a park and just have sex with him.

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 5:42pm
  28. what the hell is the matter with people?

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 6:22pm
  29. Closet cases

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 6:27pm
  30. christ is judgein them for that

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 7:20pm
  31. Sad :(

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 7:51pm
  32. sad to hear about this but its good that there’s 5 people like that off the streets.

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 9:15pm
  33. Gresham, Oregon has quite a few backwards hicks! That is also where that cake shop refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple because it was against their religious beliefs.

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 9:21pm
  34. Well, Gresham is literally RIGHT next to Portland, which makes it apparent, that no matter how progressive the majority may be, there will always be bad apples in every bunch. :(

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 9:42pm
  35. What horrid people to have this.

    Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 11:43pm
  36. Awww shit! This place is full of cock gobblers.

    Posted on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 3:29am
  37. OK…seriously? The most significant part of this story is that the victim was gay?

    Posted on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 5:34am
  38. Wrong.

    Posted on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 11:30am
  39. @savoree – the most significant part of the story may be that a group of kids are targeting gay men and committing hate crimes.

    Posted on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 11:57am
  40. C’mon guy, what the hell were u thinking.

    Posted on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 12:19pm