The National Coalition for the Homeless issued a report in June on hate crimes against homeless people in America. The report is entitled "Vulnerable to Hate" and is available on the front of their website. We pulled out the specific incidents in Ohio below, but first a few facts from the report:
- 23% increase in the number of hate crimes in the report in 2013 when compared to 1999.
- There were 109 attacks in 2013 documented in the report.
- 18 of the 2013 attacks resulted in the death of the homeless victim.
- 85% of the perpetrators were under 30 years old.
- 93% of the perpetrators were male.
- 65% of the victims were over 40 years old
- 90% of the victims were male.
- Ohio has seen 80 attacks since 1999 putting the state in the top 5 in the United States.
- There were seven attacks documented in Ohio with four detailed below
Dayton homeless man stabbed to death
Oct. 10 – Daniel Mooty, a 51-year-old homeless man, was found dead behind a vacant house after being stabbed by 27-year-old Curtis R. Gray. Police responded to a call they received about a man screaming when they arrived on the scene, they witnessed the suspect standing over Mooty’s body. The murder weapon, a knife, was found at the scene. Gray was charged with give felony counts and $500,000 bail.
Homeless man assaulted after talking with suspects
Robert Warden, a 48-year-old homeless man living at a homeless camp in Cincinnati was approached by two young men. They sat and talked with him before striking him in the head with a calf prod “He hit me eight more times. I was blocking with my arms and kicking him and stuff.” A fellow homeless man took out his phone, which caused the two students from the University of Cincinnati to flee. The homeless man did not seek treatment at the hospital or file a report with police.
Homeless man assaulted
January 13 – Jason P. Doty, 34, was found lying in the roadway with a visual wound on his head by Canton city police officers. The local hospital caught video surveillance footage of the attack and of the assailants running away. Doty had been punched several times and hit his head on the ground. He was transported to the nearest medical center. Officers believe he may have been assaulted by two males. Investigators have no further leads.
Gang members beat up homeless man
April 6, 16, 26 – A 47-year-old homeless man was beaten multiple times by gang members under the Route 16 overpass. Members of the Ohio Boyz gang planned these attacks. The victim suffered severe injuries including several broken bones. Dustin Nelson, 25, one of the perpetrators faces 8 years in prison for assault and participation in a gang that commits criminal activities.
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