Man faces hate crime charge after violent bar attack over ‘gay stuff’

A man in Missouri is facing hate crime charges after allegedly attacking three people outside a bar because he was upset about “gay stuff.”

Allen Loftis, 22, was arrested in Lake Ozark, Missouri in the early hours of August 4 after an altercation outside a bar.

It is alleged that Loftis punched three people at the bar because he believed they were gay, injuring one of them.

According to Camden County Sheriff’s Office, he was later charged with three counts of Felony Assault Motivated by Discrimination and one count of disturbing the peace.

He was released on a $75,000 bond.

The Office of the Prosecuting Attorney Heather Miller said in a release: “On August 4, 2018, the Camden County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged Allen Loftis with three felony counts of assault motivated by discrimination.

“It is alleged that Loftis punched three people at a local bar because Loftis believed the victims were homosexual – at least one person was injured as a result of Loftis’s actions.

“Loftis was quoted by the arresting officer as saying that he, ‘does not let gay stuff go on.'”

Miller said: “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. 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.”