Beating Of Man, 76, Called A Hate Crime

Suspect Is Admitted White Supremacist, Police Say

August 19, 2009|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton,

A 76-year-old man was in serious condition after he was beaten while fishing with his wife in what police are treating as a hate crime. Police said a 28-year-old suspect, who professed to be a white supremacist, was taken into custody.

The victim, who was not identified, was at Fort Armistead Park in South Baltimore about 5 a.m. when three men began assaulting him while yelling racial epithets, police said. The attackers fled in the victim's vehicle.

He was taken to a local hospital, then transported to Maryland Shock Trauma Center because of the severity of the injuries to his head. The man was reported in serious but stable condition as of late Tuesday, police said. His wife was uninjured.

Police arrested Calvin E. Lockner, a convicted sex offender, after officers tracked down the victim's 2008 Chevy Tahoe using an anti-theft device, according to Anthony Guglielmi, the department's chief spokesman. Lockner, of the 3700 block of Pascal Ave., told officers that he was a white supremacist and "did not like people who were different from him," Guglielmi said. Police were searching for two additional suspects.

Mayor Sheila Dixon, who in a statement decried the "senseless" and "disturbing" incident, said she and Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III visited the victim at the hospital. She said the attack should serve as a wake-up call to promote diversity and tolerance.

"Commissioner Bealefeld and I promised to do everything in our power to bring the other assailants to justice," Dixon said. "Any form of violence, whether it is racially motivated or not, has no place in our society."

Lockner was indicted in Baltimore Circuit Court in March 2000 on charges of first-degree murder, rape, kidnapping and sex offenses. The more serious charges were dropped and he pleaded guilty to a second-degree sex offense, receiving 20 years in prison with all but eight years suspended. In March 2007, he was sentenced to two years in prison for violating his probation.

Baltimore police reported eight bias incidents to the FBI in 2007, three of which were said to have been motivated by race.

Marvin L. "Doc" Cheatham, president of the Baltimore chapter of the NAACP, said Baltimore "has a great deal to do to deal with violence, whether it's black- on-black or hate crimes."

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