Five Accused Of Beating Ore. Man Lured For Gay Sex


GRESHAM, Ore. (AP) -

Gresham police say five young people were arrested for beating and robbing a man they lured into a park under the pretense that he would meet another man for sex.

Police called it "a targeted attack based on his sexual orientation." They suspect there have been other attacks, and victims were unwilling to report them.

Police got a report early Friday of masked people with guns punching and kicking a man at Vance Park.

He was described as a 24-year-old Clackamas man, but not named. His wallet and cellphone were stolen. He had minor injuries.

Police said the robbers fled, but were later arrested and charged with robbery, intimidation and assault. Four are juveniles, three boys and a girl. A fifth was identified as 19-year-old Justin Simms of Gresham.

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