CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) -- Two brothers from Cape Girardeau have been charged with a felony hate crime after allegedly attacking a black man at a convenience store.
Cape Girardeau Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle says 23-year-old Jerry Conrad and 18-year-old Timothy R. Conrad were charged Friday with third-degree assault. He says the case is a felony because the attack was considered a hate crime.
The Southeast Missourian reports that Lennie Dickerson told police that the men yelled racial slurs at him and assaulted him in a parking late Thursday. He refused medical attention at the scene.
Police said Jerry Conrad told officers that he punched Dickerson because he had walked toward the brothers with a knife.
Police say they found a butterfly knife on Timothy Conrad when the brothers were arrested.
Information from: Southeast Missourian, http://www.semissourian.com
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