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3 Men Arrested, Accused Of Anti-Gay Beating

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (WCCO) -- Three men were arrested Monday after police say they beat another man because he was gay.

The St. Cloud Police say Matthew Warren Thomas, 24, of Rogers; Chad Vincent Hands, 21, of Elk River and Ryan Andrew Frane, 23, of St. Cloud were arrested and transported to the Stearns County Jail. They are being held on possible charges of fourth-degree assault.

Police say the three men assaulted a 22-year-old man from St. Louis Park around 2:24 a.m. in the alley near 18 Fifth Ave. S. The victim told police the men were saying "inappropriate" things, which escalated into a fight.

The victim suffered cuts and bruises to his face and hands, according to police.

The three men are expected to be charged on Wednesday.

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