Police: Hispanic Teen Nearly Killed For Trying To Kiss White Girl
Police Think Attack Was Racially Motivated
The attackers forced the boy out of the house party, beat him and sodomized him with a metal pipe, shouting epithets "associated with being Hispanic," said Lt. John Martin with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department.
The two teenagers were jailed, officials told KPRC-TV in Houston.
David Tuck, 18, and Keith Turner, 17, were outside a house party when they attacked the 16-year-old boy on Saturday at about 11:30 p.m., according to investigators.
"When he was down on the ground, they stomped his head while they were wearing boots and then sodomized him with an object after stripping him naked," said Lt. John Denholm with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies said they poured bleach in an effort to destroy evidence.
"They also poured bleach on him. The victim is in pretty bad shape right now — extremely critical condition — and it’s unclear at all if he’s going to survive," prosecutor Mike Trent said.
"They then went back inside and this kid was left out here all night long, so he laid out there until he was found about 11 o’clock this next morning," said Denholm.
Investigators believe the teen was attacked because he tried to kiss the girl. The girl was not related to either suspect.
Authorities said both suspects have admitted to parts of the crime, but point to each other when questioned about the more serious aspects of the attack.
Tuck and Turner are charged with aggravated sexual assault, which is a first-degree felony.
Prosecutors are considering whether to attach hate-crime charges, but unless the victim dies, the possible penalty would be the same. If the boy dies and it is ruled a hate crime, the attackers could face the death penalty, authorities said.
Tuck appeared in court Thursday morning, where his bond was revoked.
Spring is a middle-class, largely-Caucasian suburb of 36,000 residents, located about 10 miles north of the Houston city limits.