Gay Man Savagely Beaten During Hookup App Encounter (Video)

18-year-old Brice Johnson is accused of savagely beating 24-year-old Aaron Keahey, leaving him with broken facial bones and suffered nerve damage, after the two men met on a social networking mobile app.

Keahey, said his first contact with the 18-year-old suspect was on a phone app called MeetMe.

0923_hate_crime01 (Brice Johnson, 18, has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with the injuries sustained by 24-year-old Arron Keahey. )

San Antonio’s KENS5 reports:

Keahey is gay, and said he went to the teen’s house in Springtown thinking he was either gay or bisexual. He said the ambush happened immediately.

“He started getting all frustrated and talking all angrily,” Keahey said. “I don’t remember anything after that.”

Police said they received a 911 call from 18-year-old Brice Johnson, who told officers he found Keahey outside his house in the trunk of a car. Johnson said he drove Keahey to get medical help.

Police later arrested Johnson and charged him with aggravated assault, causing serious bodily injury.

“I’ve been up here altogether 10 years, and this is the first hate crime or possible hate crime that I’ve investigated,” said Springtown police Lt. Curtis Stone.

The victim showed us photos of the marks left on his neck and wrists. But he and the suspect say they both remember little about the actual attack.



“Unfortunately, with him not being able to recall anything that happened, and the suspect claiming that he doesn’t recall, I don’t have any answers why those are there,” Lt. Stone said.

Police are treating the incident as a possible hate crime. Keahey is convinced it was just that.

“Why would they have you under the belief that they’re gay or bisexual or whatever they say you are, and have them show up and do what they did?” Keahey asked.

The 18-year-old suspect spent the summer with his friend’s family at the same house where the attack happened. Darcel Cummings said his family often provides shelter for troubled teens.

“I haven’t seen him be violent or upset towards anybody — not enough to do something like that,” Cummings said. “And then Brice is a little bitty guy.”

Keahey said he has learned a painful lesson. “Just don’t meet anybody online,” he said. “Don’t trust them.”