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Attacker tells cops he jumped white man because he was mad about Trayvon Martin case

18-year-old suburban Chicago man charged with hate crime


Alton Hayes told police he robbed and beat a white man last week because he was upset about the Trayvon Martin case.

A black man in suburban Chicago told police he jumped a white man last week because he was upset about the Trayvon Martin case, police said.

Alton L. Hayes, 18, and a 15-year-old Chicago boy attacked the 19-year-old victim on April 17 at around 1 a.m. in Oak Park, west of Chicago, police told the Chicago Tribune.

Hayes was charged with committing a hate crime Wednesday, as well as attempted robbery and aggravated battery.

The boy, who is also black, was charged with attempted robbery, the Tribune said.

Hayes said he and his partner grabbed the man from behind and hit him several times, then grabbed a tree branch and said, “Empty your pockets, white boy,” FOX Chicago reported.

The pair then threw the man to the ground and hit him in the head several more times before taking off.

The pair was picked up a few blocks away after the man called the cops.

State’s attorney spokesman Andy Conklin told the Tribune that Hayes said he jumped the man because he was mad about what happened to Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Florida teen shot and killed by George Zimmerman on Feb. 26.

Hayes was being held in Cook County jail on $80,000 bail.

The attack was at least the second in a week to be tied to the Martin case.

On Saturday, a crazed mob in Alabama allegedly beat a man in his home with chairs, pipes, brass knuckles and paint cans and then left him with the words, “Now that’s justice for Trayvon,” according to two witnesses.

The attack on Matthew Owens, 40, of Mobile, was being investigated as an assault, not a hate crime, and Mobile police said the Martin case had nothing to do with it.

On Wednesday, police made their first arrest in the mob beating, 44-year-old Terry RawlsWKRG television reported.

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