Newark Police Investigating Assault As Possible Hate Crime

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Newark – On Friday April 13, 2018 at approximately 6:00 p.m. the Newark Police responded to the unit block of North Chapel Street for a report of an assault, according to Sgt. Gerald J. Bryda. Officers arrived on scene and located a 23-year-old male suffering from a leg fracture. The victim was transported to Christiana Hospital for treatment by Aetna Hose, Hook, and Ladder Company.

Investigating officers learned from witnesses that the victim was involved in an altercation at a party. The victim was then assaulted by several people at the party, leading to the leg injury, according to Bryda. Officers further learned that during the assault, derogatory statements in reference to sexual orientation were allegedly made.

Bryda said the Newark Police are actively investigating this assault and the elements of it which may lead to a charge of a hate crime in addition to the assault.

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