Police: Suspects beat man, scream racial slurs at victim in downtown St. Louis

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 20 at 11:15 AM

(KMOV.com) – Two people are facing charges after they allegedly beat a man in in downtown St. Louis.

Police told News 4 Jeremy Cureton and two others beat up a 36-year-old man, the three also allegedly shouted obscenities and slurs to the victim about his race and sexual orientation. Police said two of the suspects have been arrested. Cureton has been charged with a felony but has not been charged with a hate crime.

“We have two suspects in custody, one adult and one juvenile,” said Captain Kenneth Kegel with St. Louis police.

This incident happened on Laclede's Landing Tuesday morning.  So far in 2014, there have been 29 robberies in downtown St. Louis. In many of those cases police said the victims have been beaten or held at gunpoint. At this time in 2013 there were 20 robberies that occurred downtown.

Prosecutors told News 4 Cureton has not been charged with a hate crime because Missouri law only allows the hate crime statute to be invoked in order to boost a misdemeanor to a felony.

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