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The suspect, 18 year old Trevon Godbolt, also know as Trevon Taylor, is facing the unarmed robbery and unlawful imprisonment charges from the Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office. Both carry a maximum sentence of 15 years.
Police arrested Godbolt on Tuesday night, Nov. Hilson. He was arrested at a residence on Blue Lake Road by Michigan State Police, following a tip made to Silent Observer.
WZZM has video of the assault, which was also posted on social media. We decided not to publish the full version of the video due to the graphic and violent nature of the situation. In its full extent, the video lasts two minutes.
In the video, the assailant can be seen grabbing and beating the victim who yells, “please stop.”
The suspect repeatedly calls the victim a “gay n word” and verbally berates him. The victim is forced to strip all of his clothes off.
“Take the shirt off too,” the suspect said. She laughs and yells, “catch him.”
Was this a hate crime? In Michigan, there is no charge for assault based on sexual orientation.
A Senate bill was introduced earlier this year that would incorporate sexual orientation into the state’s ethnic intimidation charge. But it never made it out of committee.
The current law states:
A person is guilty of ethnic intimidation if that person maliciously, and with specific intent to intimidate or harass another person because of that person’s race, color, religion, gender, or national origin. “I would hope that our legislature would use this as an example as to why we need to expand the law and include groups such as this to protect them,” said Hilson.