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October 10, 2013

Police charge 1 in alleged attack on gay man

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh police have charged one man for allegedly attacking a gay man, but a defense attorney says the victim wasn’t targeted because of his sexuality.

Police charged 24-year-old Vincent Happ on Wednesday. He’s accused of punching and kicking 26-year-old Benjamin Stoviak, who was leaving a Lawrenceville bar early Sunday morning with his boyfriend.

According to the criminal complaint Happ says he and two friends were speaking to each other when an anti-gay slur was used, and that it wasn’t directed at Stoviak. Defense attorney Charles Gallo says the fight was a drunken brawl, and not anything to do with being gay.

Happ was charged via summons with one count of simple assault, and police say they’re still investigating.


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