The FBI has launched a preliminary investigation into an attack on a gay man early Saturday, June 12, in Savannah, Ga., to determine if the case warrants hate crime charges. Two Marines — Keil Cronauer, 22, and Christopher Stanzel, 23 — were arrested in connection with the assault, according to the Associated Press and the Savannah Morning News.
Savannah police found Kieran Daly, 26, lying on a downtown street corner, unconscious, early on Saturday morning. Witnesses told police the two Marines accused Daly of winking at them, and that one of the two had punched Daly in the back of the head.
Police also said the two Marines told investigators they were trying to get away from a gay man who was harassing them.
Cronauer and Stanzel, both stationed in South Carolina, now face misdemeanor battery charges. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that both were released to Marine police.
On Top Magazine reports that Daly suffered seizures after the attack and has been diagnosed with bruising to his brain. He also told On Top that he was attacked as he was trying to walk away from an argument with the Marines over whether he was flirting with them.