We wanted to provide an update to a story we covered in our daily LGBTQ update. Last Thursday two men visiting Key West were yelled at and attacked by an unknown (at the time) assailant. The attacker told the couple “I bet you faggots voted for that bitch Hillary,” adding “Well, you live in Trump country now.” We have an update now via the Key West Police Department Facebook:
A North Carolina man wanted for a hate crime committed in Key West last week is under arrest. Brandon Ray Davis, 30, was taken into custody this morning by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office on an extraditable warrant for aggravated battery.During the incident, which occurred on February 23rd on Duval Street, victims Kevin Seymour and Kevin Price said they were riding bicycles when they saw Davis swerving on a rented motor scooter. Seymour says he shouted to warn the scooter rider that he almost hit a car. Davis responded, according to Seymour, by shouting “you guys are a couple of fags,” and other slurs, then followed the two men.
Davis then allegedly charged Seymour with the scooter, hitting his bike. When Seymour threatened to call police, Davis allegedly told him “If you do that, I’ll cut you up.”
The victims (pictured above) were able to make note of the scooter license before he fled the scene.Police were able to identify Davis, in part, through the scooter rental agency, where Davis had left a copy of his driver’s license in order to rent the vehicle. Working with North Carolina law enforcement, detectives were able obtain a photo of Davis. In a photo lineup, both the victims and another witness positively identified Davis.
Detectives obtained the extraditable warrant for a felony charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. In addition, the charge is enhanced due to the fact that Davis attacked the Key West men based upon their sexual orientation.
According to the warrant, “Probable cause exists to believe there was evidence of prejudice in Davis’s attack of Seymour…” as Davis “used explicit bias language in reference to their sexual orientation. Davis then attacked Seymour without any provocation.”
UPDATE 3/3/17 – Suspect in gay-bashing attack out on bond, fighting extradition to the Keys Details here!