Illinois man charged with homophobic attack in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS — Charles E. Patton, 33, of Salem, Ill. was charged with property damage motivated by discrimination, trespass motivated by discrimination and second-degree burglary in an attack on a home in the Soulard area of St. Louis.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that charges stem from an incident on May 24 when, court documents allege, Patton kicked in the doors and punched in the porch spires of a two-family home in the 1300 block of Sidney Street while yelling homophobic slurs and threats like “I am going to slit your throat.”

The home had Pride decorations and the daughter in the family is LGBTQ.

From the Post-Dispatch:

Police gathered video footage that shows a man attacking the home, causing more than $750 in damage both outside and inside the home while ranting against LGBTQ people, charging documents say.

St. Louis police said before charges were issued Friday that the man in the attack was highly intoxicated and also kicked a vehicle causing damage that night. At one point, police said he was in a fight outside the nearby Trueman’s Sports Bar, before falling and injuring himself. He was taken to a hospital.

The attack on the Soulard home came about two weeks before another reported anti-LGBTQ incident in St. Louis.

The night of June 3, the owner of the Rehab Bar & Grill gay bar in the Grove said he found two burning rainbow pride banners in the alley outside the business. Police later released surveillance images of two men putting the banners in the alley in an attempt to identify suspects. 

Patton’s bail was set at $50,000.

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