Possible Hate Crime in Boston 

By Winston Gieseke

Originally published on Advocate.com February 24 2012 3:30 PM ET

Boston police are investigating the alleged attack of a man at an MBTA station as a possible hate crime.

Local 7 News reports that the victim told police he was beaten Sunday by a group of teenage girls, who kicked and punched him, leaving him with a bloody nose and cuts on his face. During the attack, the assailants allegedly hurled racial and antigay slurs.

Police say the perpetrators also stole the victim’s backpack, which contained his iPod and digital camera.

“Some statements were made relative to his sexual orientation and we have conferred with the district attorney and the attorney general who have advised us to pursue that avenue,” said Dep. Chief Joseph O’Connor, MBTA Transit Police.

One suspect who has been apprehended currently faces charges of unarmed robbery. Additional charges, such as assault and battery and hate bias, could be added later.

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