WATCH: Texas gay man left beaten and bloody after planned meeting using mobile app
SPRINGTOWN, Texas — Police in this small Texas town northwest of Fort Worth are investigating a possible hate crime in the brutal attack on a gay man after he arranged to meet another man using a mobile app called MeetMe.
Arron Keahey, 24, said his first contact with the 18-year-old suspect was through the phone app, and went over to the man’s house about an hour later, thinking he was gay or bisexual.
Keahey said he was “ambushed” almost immediately, and the attack left him beaten, bloody and bruised, reported WFAA-TV.
The Labor Day attack left Keahey with broken facial bones that required plastic surgery. He also suffered nerve damage and had some teeth knocked out.
Police say they received a 911 call from 18-year-old Brice Johnson, who told officers he found Keahey outside his house in the trunk of a car.
Police later arrested Johnson and charged him with aggravated assault, causing serious bodily injury.
Watch a report from WFAA-TV.
Did the victim identify the person who called 911 as the suspect? Seems kind of odd, why beat a person, then put him in a trunk, then call 911? Whose car was it, his own? Isn't he incriminating himself?
What happened, he beat a guy and then was afraid to leave him without calling for assistance for the victim, even knowing it would come back to himself? Sounds like mixed feelings about his actions after the fact. Generally attackers attack, then leave the crime scene. They don't call for help .
A pic from the perpetrator's Facebook page. A "friend" of his responded to this pic by writing "Faggot".
His Facebook 'likes' certainly portray a straight male. A white trash straight male.
His Facebook 'likes' certainly reek desperation of a straight image.
Can't wait to hear from the Texas contingent that keeps insisting it's a totally wonderful, progressive place!!!11
As with everywhere else in the country it depends on where you are. People from California don't like to admit Bakersfield exists for example.
Man, that kid at Grindr is RUTHLESS about competition.
Which kid at Grindr?
Probably going to see more of this - they do it in russia now, set up hook ups and then when the guy shows up beat the living shit out of him.
He's hot. He probably set up a hookup and was pissed when his trick showed up and didn't look anything like his pic.
[quote]He's hot. He probably set up a hookup and was pissed when his trick showed up and didn't look anything like his pic.
This never happened to you, grampa? You're quite morbid too. You the use the "trick" which means you'll be exiting this planet very soon.
sorry, r22, what is the vernacular of the day to refer to a random fuck?
One of his Facebook likes is Walmart.
Despite how this incident turned out, I think it is great there are gay hookup apps for "special" people. Both fellows look to be a few genes short of a complete set, unfortunately the perpetrator had a violent streak.
[quote]Arron Keahey, 24
Texas is becoming like NYC regarding gay bashings
All the more reason not to hook up online. It's getting increasingly dangerous.
1. closeted redneck who thinks he's an alpha dog
3. an anonymous hookup
What could possibly go wrong??
How do we know the perp is a closet case? He could just be a straight guy who want to lure gay men to his place to beat them.
That's not an unknown scenario.
I know a guy who was beaten by an openly gay man from grinder in L.A
Closet case. My god, that one Facebook pic screams MARY!
The guy who got bear up looks like he has Down Syndrome.
He "Likes" "High Times".
I'm sorry, but gun/anti-gun you need to carry. I am anti-gun, but I am getting more and more inclined to go to Walmart and purchase one. I get called a faggot a lot myself, and I haven't been attacked yet, but if it happens...at least I'll be prepared.
It was a joke, R18.
I agree with R21. Now, catfishing isn't a justification for a brutal beating.
But there's no way the victim sent a real pic to a cute young guy.
Where do you live r35, I grew up on a farm in Texas, lived here my whole life, been out since I was 18, and no one has ever called me fag to my face. Never been bashed, never had a fight about it.
I almost didn't post this because I don't want to in any way imply that someone deserves to get bashed.
I do think though that taking REASONABLE precautions can help. Arming yourself isn't going to do you much good unless you've been training to shoot a person with your weapon.
Everyone thinks that it's just point and shoot, but there are a whole host of psychological, and aptitude factors that determine whether your gunfire id effective.
As a deterrent, as we say in D.C. if they know you have a gun, they are just going to shoot you first.
I'll take the proper precautions, R38. Training, etc. If I need I feel I really need to. In all honestly, I probably really need to, and I'll learn everything I need to.
[quote]I grew up on a farm in Texas, lived here my whole life, been out since I was 18, and no one has ever called me fag to my face. Never been bashed, never had a fight about it.
This is great, but I really don't know what you expect me to say?
The perpetrator is pretty hot. Shame about what he did, but I wouldn't push him out of bed.
You seem to be saying that you face a lot of abuse, and I live in a place people assume I'd get a lot of abuse, so I wondered where you were and told you where I was.
If you are so terrified that you seriously think you need a gun, I wonder what your context is.
[quote]what is the vernacular of the day to refer to a random fuck?
A hookup, grampa.
People have been saying hookup as long as I can remember, and I guarantee you I'm not 20, toddler.
Good for you that you don't experience hate.
I'm not terrified. Somebody who purchases a gun is considering their options.
Well, I'm 44 and I don't say "trick", R43. No one said "the vernacular of the day" referred solely to recently invented words.
That's actually exactly what "vernacular of the day" seems to imply.