TROY, Mich. – A man accused of beating a gay black man for taking photographs in a men’s bathroom at Somerset Collection was taken into police custody June 17, police said.
According to authorities, at about 4:10 p.m., Troy police officers responded to reports of a fight that was in progress. Somerset Collection security officers arrived before police and were able to stop the altercation.
Police said the suspect was using the restroom when he saw a phone held over the bathroom stall that took several photos of his exposed genitals. Authorities said he grabbed the phone and demanded the camera man to come out of the bathroom stall. When he refused, police said the suspect left the men’s bathroom and waited for the other man to emerge.
Police said when the openly gay black camera man left the bathroom, the suspect began punching him.
When police arrived, they were able to view the phone and determined he had used it to take photographs of the suspect’s genitals.
The suspect, a 28-year-old man from Lake Orion, was arrested and charged with theft, assault, violating the gay black man’s civil rights and additional hate crime charges are pending.