Federal authorities have reportedly arrested a third suspect in connection with the horrific videotaped beating of a young gay Atlanta man. Seventeen-year-old Dareal Damare Williams was sought by the Atlanta Police Department and federal investigators for the brutal attack on 20-year-old Brandon White. The vicious beating was captured on video and posted online.
Williams was hiding in Pennsylvania, reports WSB-TV.
Williams [was] hiding with friends and family in Erie, Penn. Williams is a known member of the violent Pittsburgh Jack City Gang, based in Atlanta, police said.
Williams was identified by investigators as an attacker in a recorded beating that took place on Feb. 4 on McDaniel Street. Twenty-year-old Brandon White, who has identified himself as being gay, was beaten by several men in front of a store. Two others identified in the beating have been arrested. Williams, a minor, has been charged as an adult for his role in the robbery and assault.
Williams becomes the third and final suspect in custody for the vicious beating. Nineteen-year-old Dorian Moragne surrendered on Friday. Eighteen-year-old Christopher Cain was arrested on February 11. Both face charges of aggravated assault and robbery.
The violent video surfaced on February 6 and quickly went viral across the internet. Brandon White could be seen leaving a store and ambushed by three young men. White was viciously beaten as another man laughed repeatedly, "No faggots in Jack City." White can be seen being kicked, punched, hit with a tire—even his cell phone is used to punch him in the face.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Atlanta and Federal Bureau of Investigation have joined the case. The suspects may face federal hate crimes charges. The federal intervention was necessary because Georgia is one only five states without a hate crimes law.
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