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Homeless man beating investigated as hate crime

Posted: July 30, 2012 11:22 a.m.
Updated: July 30, 2012 11:22 a.m.

The beating of a homeless man whipped with a belt and injured by its buckle while sleeping outside a Valencia business early Sunday morning is now being investigated as a hate crime, a local sheriff’s spokesman said Monday.

At 3:40 a.m. Sunday, a man identified as a 50-year-old African American homeless man walked into the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on Magic Mountain Parkway to report he been beaten, said Sgt. Ron Price.

The man had reportedly been sleeping in front of a business on the 23000 block of Valencia Boulevard when he was woken by an unidentified Hispanic man yelling racial slurs and obscenities at the homeless man, Price said.

The suspect then hit the man with a belt, striking him in the shoulder with the metal belt buckle.

The attacker then fled in an unknown type of vehicle, Price said.

The victim’s injury was described by deputies as minor.

“This is being investigated as a hate crime,” Price said.


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