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Florida man faces hate crimes charges for brutal & intense harassment of gay family

Frank Norviel
Frank NorvielPhoto: Lake County Sheriff's Office

A man in Florida who has been accused of stalking and harassing his LGBTQ+ neighbors was arrested earlier this week.

Click Orlando reports that 57-year-old Frank Norviel had allegedly been harassing the couple who lived next door to him for months “primarily based on their sexual orientation,” according to a probable cause affidavit. Norviel is accused of shining lights and yelling slurs at the couple from the fence dividing their properties or while riding a bicycle past their home.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies were told that in September 2022, Norviel screamed “It’s not Adam and Steve” at the victims from his yard while squeaking a rubber chicken.

Norviel is also accused of harassing one of the couple’s children, telling him that he would kill the family’s cat and eat it. He also allegedly told the boy to “shut up” and suggested that the juvenile perform sex acts on his parents “like they trained you to do.”

On January 5, the couple filed a stalking complaint against Norviel and were granted two temporary injunctions for protection, banning Norviel from coming within 10 feet of the couple’s vehicles.

Norviel allegedly violated the injunctions the following morning. Deputies viewed security footage that showed him hoisting a pair of dirty underwear above the couple’s driveway with a long bamboo pole and placing a white cross on top of the fence facing their home.

On Tuesday evening, a deputy reportedly saw lights flashing and heard noises coming from Norviel’s backyard. When the deputy stepped into the yard to investigate, Norviel came out of his house and confronted the deputy, resulting in a physical altercation that ended with the deputy tasing Norviel.

Norviel was arrested and charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence, three counts of resisting an officer without violence, two counts of violating an injunction of protection, and two counts of aggravated stalking with hate crime enhancements.

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