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Saturday May 18th, 2013

Posted at 4:03pm

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Police in Chatham are investigating an alleged assault to a 13-year-old boy.

Police say that on Monday May 6th at about 4pm, the 13-year-old was dropped off by a school bus in the area of West Street in Chatham.

At this time, the boy was approached by four youths approximately 14 to 16 years of age. The youths called the boy names based on his sexual orientation. The verbal assault escalated to a physical altercation as the boy was pushed to the ground and kicked by the youths.

The boy sustained minor injuries as a result of the assault.

Chatham-Kent Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed this hate crime to please come forward. Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Gary Oriet at 519-436-6619. Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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