Police: Rochester man charged with hate crime after assaulting transgender man

Updated: August 10, 2020 02:45 PM
Created: August 10, 2020 10:28 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester Police have made an arrest in connection to a hate crime investigation.


Police arrested 24-year-old Rashad Turner of Rochester Monday and charged him with second-degree assault as a hate crime. 

Officers responded to Denver Street on July 31 for the report of an assault and found the victim, a 30-year-old transgender man from Rochester.

The victim said he was harassed based upon his sexual orientation and that at least one suspect punched him twice, rendering him unconscious, according to police. 

Investigators say the victim was treated at Rochester General Hospital for head and facial injuries, which consisted of several broken bones and required surgery. 

Rochester Police soon began investigating the incident as a hate crime. Gov. Andrew Cuomo also directed the New York State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to assist in the investigation.

Following Turner's arrest, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren issued the following the statement.

"Every citizen of Rochester deserves to be able to walk down the street in peace and safety. The recent vicious attack that occurred on a transgender resident of our city was particularly deplorable, not just because of its violent nature, but because it was rooted in hate. There is no place in our city for any type of violence, but violent, hate-driven crimes are particularly abhorrent and unacceptable. This crime was investigated aggressively by the Rochester Police Department and I am grateful today that charges have been brought against the suspect involved in this act. In America, our transgender youth and adults are at a far greater risk to be the victims of violence. I want the transgender community here in Rochester to know we will not accept, nor will we ignore, violence perpetuated against them for merely being themselves. I also hope that those in our community who would contemplate violence against any one of our neighbors merely for being who they are will choose not to engage in this behavior knowing that we will be aggressive in our investigation and prosecution of hate-based offenses. In Rochester, we will uphold and protect civil and human rights for all people and we will treat and support all of our citizens equally no matter their race, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation or nation of origin."

Turner was booked into the Monroe County Jail and later arraigned in Rochester City Court.

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