ST. CLOUD, Minn. (WCCO) — Three men were arrested Monday after police say they beat another man because he was gay.
The St. Cloud Police say Matthew Warren Thomas, 24, of Rogers; Chad Vincent Hands, 21, of Elk River and Ryan Andrew Frane, 23, of St. Cloud were arrested and transported to the Stearns County Jail. They are being held on possible charges of fourth-degree assault.READ MORE: Gas Prices Expected To Climb Nationwide After East Coast Pipeline Cyber Attack
Police say the three men assaulted a 22-year-old man from St. Louis Park around 2:24 a.m. in the alley near 18 Fifth Ave. S. The victim told police the men were saying “inappropriate” things, which escalated into a fight.READ MORE: 'They’re Really Kind Of Nasty Little Bugs': Biting Gnats Out In Full Force In South Metro
The victim suffered cuts and bruises to his face and hands, according to police.MORE NEWS: Finding Minnesota: Bassett Creek Kayaker Shares Hidden Gem
The three men are expected to be charged on Wednesday.