Man charged with hate crime in Mass. beating
Posted on May 24, 2009
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PROVINCETOWN, Mass. –A Massachusetts man has been charged with a hate crime after police say he beat up a woman while screaming anti-homosexual language on a crowded street in Provincetown.
Twenty-year-old Eric Patten of Winthrop was arrested shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday.
Police say Patten approached two women in front of a cafe on Commercial Street, called one of them an offensive name referring to gay men and pushed one of them into a cafe window, which broke.
Authorities say Patten was drunk and thought the two women were gay men.
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