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Waterloo Man Charged with Hate Crime in Beating

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WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) A 27-year-old man has been charged with a hate crime in the beating of another man outside a Waterloo bar.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Mitchael Baruth was arrested on Friday on a warrant for misdemeanor assault in violation of individual rights.

Court records say Baruth had seen two men kiss in the bar on March 23 and followed one of them outside. The records say Baruth tackled him in the bar parking lot and beat him while yelling homophobic slurs.

The hate crime circumstances elevate the charge to an aggravated misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to two years in prison.

A public phone listing for Baruth couldn't be found. Online court records don't list the name of his attorney.