Parkersburg Police Investigating Weekend Assault

Authorities are investigating a weekend assault in Parkersburg.

Police say two men leaving a bar were attacked. It all happened last Friday night when the men were leaving the Other Side Bar on 19th Street.

At that time, police say an unknown person made a anti-gay statement and then approached and hit the victim in the head with a closed fist.

The victim and his friend left and got medical treatment in Marietta.

He claims he has three fractures under his left eye.

Police say the suspect is described as having darker skin, substantial side burns approximately 5'8" tall and was wearing loose baggy clothing.

Parkersburg Police say they are not investigating this case as a hate-crime, as previously indicated.

Officers tell WTAP, after re-reading West Virginia State Code, crimes against gay individuals are not covered under the hate crime statute.

Officials say this case will be treated as a malicious wounding or battery case, depending on the results of the investigation.


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