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Appleton police make arrest in hate crime assault

The Wisconsin Gazette
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June 7, 2013

Police have arrested a man for an anti-LGBT attack on June 3 at Jones Park in Appleton, Wis. The Fox Valley & Oshkosh Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Anti-Violence Project said the victim suffered “substantial injuries, including broken bones in the face.” Authorities have arrested Tom Pruett of Appleton in connection with the assault. Pruett faces a charge of substantial battery-hate crime, a felony, and disorderly conduct-hate crime. The AVP, in a press statement, said, “We applaud the actions of Appleton Police Department and the Outagamie County district’s attorney’s office for their swift and thorough response and their sensitivity to the victim of the crime.”