A Missouri man was arrested and charged with a hate crime after allegedly attacking three men he thought were homosexual.
Allen M. Loftis was arrested in Ellsinore, Missouri on August 4 at around 12:15 AM, according to Lake News Online, a Camdenton, Missouri-based news organization.
Loftis had been ejected from the Shady Gators bar after throwing fists at an individual, chipping his tooth and causing a swollen lip as others attempted to intervene and break up the fight, according to a probable cause statement cited by Lake News. Loftis allegedly continued to attack others outside the bar while hurling homophobic slurs.
One of the unnamed victims told an investigator that he believes he was attacked because of his outfit: he had been wearing a see-through half-shirt, leopard print pants, and a wig, according to Lake News Online.
During a Miranda-waived interview, Loftis admitted to pulling the wig off of his victim after seeing him dancing with another man, sparking the outbreak of violence, according to Lake News Online.
A statement from the Camden County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office adds that Loftis instigated the attack because he "believed the victims were homosexual" and stated to an arresting officer that he “does not let gay stuff go on.”
A deputy reported that Loftis showed no remorse for his actions, according to Lake News Online.
Loftis has been officially charged with three counts of felony assault motivated by discrimination, technically considered a hate crime, and one count of misdemeanor peace disturbance. The assault charge could land Loftis four years in prison if he is convicted.
Loftis has posted a $75,000 surety bond, according to a statement from the Camden County Sheriff's Office posted to Facebook.
Prosecutor Heather Miller stressed the importance of tolerance in a press release about the case.
“My office continues to work with law enforcement, local businesses, and all citizens to make sure that the Lake is a place we are proud to call home," she wrote, according to Ozarks First, a Springfield, Missouri-based news organization. "It is vital to our success as a community that we are able to go about our lives without fear of assault or of harassment. The Office of the Prosecuting Attorney remains committed to the safety of those that live in Camden County and those who visit our beautiful lake.”
[Photo: Camden County Sheriff's Department]