Flagstaff man cleared in gay festival assault case

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FLAGSTAFF -- Felony aggravated assault charges against a 24-year-old Flagstaff man for an incident following a gay pride festival have been dismissed after his lawyer argued that he was mistakenly identified.

Defense attorney Bruce Griffin says a judge agreed to dismiss the charges against Travis A. Reiner after a hearing. The judge acted after hearing three witnesses testify that Reiner wasn't among four men who assaulted two gay men following the June 22 festival.

Police called the incident a hate crime. Three other men who were arrested on misdemeanor charges have had their cases dismissed.

The victims were waiting for a cab when they were attacked. One was knocked unconscious and briefly hospitalized.

Information from: Arizona Daily Sun

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