Miami Beach

Man says he was beaten and called an anti-gay slur while walking in South Beach

Miami Beach police officers are investigating after a man said he was beaten up and called an anti-gay slur as he walked his dog in South Beach over the weekend, according to police.

Kenneth Wilcox, 45, went to the Miami Beach Police station Sunday to report an incident that happened Friday, an officer wrote in an incident report. Wilcox told officers that he was walking his dog at about 5 p.m. Friday on the west side of 14th Street and Meridian Avenue when two men walked past him and one of them said “You’re a f---ing f----t.”

He said that one of the men then grabbed him from behind and punched him in the face and all over his body, according to the report.

Wilcox said one of his attackers said: “All f----ts need to die and we’re going to make sure they do.”

Wilcox said he believes the attack was motivated by hate.

“There’s no question in my mind that it was a hate crime,” he said.

At some point during the attack Wilcox said he passed out and was lying on the ground for several hours without anyone calling for help. When he came to, he went home and went to sleep.

On Saturday, he told the officers, he went to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was told he had some internal bleeding, fractured ribs and a concussion, according to the report. He filed a police report the following day.

Ernesto Rodriguez, a Miami Beach police spokesman, said in an email Sunday that detectives are treating the incident as an “aggravated battery investigation” and will turn the findings over to the State Attorney's Office, “who then determines if they will prosecute as a hate crime.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff