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September 24, 2013

Gay man’s beating investigated as hate crime

Springtown teen remains jailed on second-degree assault charge that could be enhanced


Stone said it’s not clear whether that is due to a memory issue after the assault or because he was already unconscious.

Asked what happened, Johnson initially told police that he heard a car alarm going off outside his house and went outside to find Keahey in the trunk of Keahey’s vehicle with injuries and a truck leaving the residence, according to police. Johnson later admitted to making up the story and told police that he invited Keahey over and that they were outside talking when Keahey made an unwanted advance toward him, according to Springtown police.

Johnson said Keahey then asked if Johnson wasn’t gay before Johnson denied it and began hitting Keahey, police reported. Johnson said he then blacked out and woke up to find Keahey lying on the ground, Stone reported.

Believing he had possibly killed Keahey, Johnson reportedly said he panicked and put Keahey into the trunk of his vehicle. Another man reportedly told Stone that Johnson transported Keahey to the man’s house in the trunk of a car and asked him for help. The man reportedly told Johnson to bring Keahey to the LifeCare station.

The suspect and victim’s accounts differ a little on whether they were meeting as friends, according to Stone.

Johnson, who said he is not gay, reportedly told police that Keahey “kind of came off” as homosexual but that he didn’t take it literally.

“I asked [Johnson] if there was anything during their online chat that would lead Arron to believe that’s what Brice was wanting him to come over for,” Stone wrote in a probable cause affidavit.

“Brice said, ‘Yeah, there’s gonna be something on there ‘cause I was joking back and forth with him.’ Brice said that he didn’t think Arron was ‘being for real’ during their online conversation.

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