News Roundup for September 26, 2011

Police in Brooklyn, N.Y., say a 24-year-old man was approached by a man who pretended to have a gun and was robbed of his cell phone. The victim was then asked about his sexual orientation, berated with anti-gay slurs and sexually assaulted.

Prosecutors say the alleged victim of a hate crime in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, ignored a subpoena and failed to show up for a preliminary hearing after receiving threats. The judge in the case rescheduled a hearing and ordered the accused released from jail.

Police are investigating a potential hate crime in a West Seattle neighborhood after a man and his partner had their cars vandalized and an anti-gay message left inside a vehicle.

A Newark, N.J., man has been charged with a hate crime for allegedly harassing a gay couple who lived next door to him.  According to the Essex County prosecutor, Douglas Brown called his neighbors anti-gay slurs, put oil on their home, and slashed tires on their vehicles.