First Charlotte arrest made in viral black on white beat down, charged with ‘ethnic intimidation’

The first arrest has finally been made in last Wednesday’s horrific Charlotte parking deck attack that went viral after African-American photographer Lenard Bennett posted it to his Facebook page with the notation, “This is beyond wrong smh praying for my city.”

According to police, the assault happened around 10 p.m. Wednesday after uptown protests had already turned into violent riots. In the video, a white male in light-colored pants and short brown hair is attacked by around 10 male suspects who chase him into the parking deck, kick and hit him, and pull off his pants, all while he is begging for mercy.

The video, along with the victim’s testimony and surveillance video taking during looting at a nearby CVS, helped police with the investigation.

The suspect? 22-year-old Antonio Gatewood. The charges? Common law robbery, assault inflicting serious bodily injury, false imprisonment, and… ethnic intimidation, North Carolina’s equivalent to a hate crime.

After all, it appears all the victim did wrong in this case was to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and be the wrong color.

One down – nine to go. Anyone with information about the looting or the assault is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Sign up for our morning news blast HERE


Please help us! If you are fed up with letting radical big tech execs, phony fact-checkers, tyrannical liberals and a lying mainstream media have unprecedented power over your news please consider making a donation to BPR to help us fight them. Now is the time. Truth has never been more critical!

Success! Thank you for donating. Please share BPR content to help combat the lies.
Scott Morefield


We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please click the ∨ icon below and to the right of that comment. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.


Scroll down for non-member comments or join our insider conversations by becoming a member. We'd love to have you!

Latest Articles