Phoenix DJ Austin Head's Assault Designated as Anti-Gay Hate Crime

Categories: Hate Crimes
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via Austin Head, post-swelling.
Police say the assault of Phoenix DJ, activist, and former New Times clubs editor Austin Head and a friend -- which was detailed this morning on our music blog, Up on the Sun -- was an anti-gay hate crime.

Phoenix police Sergeant Steve Martos says the case has been designated as a "bias crime," and the charges have been upgraded a bit for the two alleged attackers.

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-Phoenix DJ Austin Head Injured in Hate Crime Assault

Police say officers responded to the assault call near Central Avenue and Osborn Road around 2 a.m. Friday, and police believed it could have been a hate crime from the get-go.

"Two men targeted us for appearing 'gay' and [yelled] homophobic slurs," Head told New Times. "I was on my bike and my friend was on foot. He was a bit behind, so I stopped and waited on the corner for him to catch up when they crossed the street yelling slurs. They then attacked us both as we tried to flee with my friend attempting to get on the handle bars. They pushed us off the bike then proceeded with punching. I was knocked unconscious and eventually taken to the hospital by ambulance."

Jermon Barnes, 22, and Ernie Barnes 24, were arrested shortly after the attack, and were both jailed on assault charges.

Now, Martos says the Barnses will be charged with aggravated assault, which is a felony charge.

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Ernie Barnes (left) and Jermon Barnes



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robert_graham
robert_graham

Typical black thugs. What would have happened if say they were beat by a gay person and called the "N" word?

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

These jagoffs are going down the river!

 

Fugk with a gay person and you will go to jail - where you will be fugked by a gay person (or a horney honkey).

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

Best wishes, Austin.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan why are you berating people that think like you do JAF? or do you not realize what your rants really sound like

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @JoeArpaioFan Yikes!!! I think we hit on the true problem with JAF!!! I dont condone what happened, and that is not a lifestyle i care for, but they are entitled to it. But!!! JAF seems to have taken a personal interest in this story......hmm??  normally JAF is resoundingly spewing hate for everything but the gay lifestyle.....yet here he seems to be kind of defensive....why is that? suddenly him not wanting sex crimes and such to be investigated makes a little more sense. JAF has some same sex tendencies, but evidently breaks from the pack with his preferences for them to be younger. wow JAF!! you know we could accept you leading a alternative lifestyle...that is your choice, but the preference for the younger ones is not acceptable. well, now that we understand you, we can try to find you help. you just need to stay away from schools and playgrounds till you get yourself under control

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