A Boston area teen has just been charged with a hate crime after officials say he held a man captive for four days. Jackson Sugrue, 19, was arrested at his home Saturday night after a 50-year-old man told police Sugrue held him against his will in an apartment without food or water for four days, multiple media outlets have reported.
According to MetroWest Daily News, the man had been beaten with a bat and escaped with only a pair of pants on, bloody and bruised. He was taken to a medical center, where he told authorities he had been held against his will in his apartment.
The 50-year-old told authorities he had been spending time with Sugrue over the past few weeks.
The two men had known each other prior to the incident. They reportedly met at the Philadelphia Baptist Church, where the alleged victim had been staying while recovering from drug use.
NBC Boston reports that Sugrue was charged with a hate crime because he allegedly made references to the alleged victim’s sexual preference while hitting him, calling him gay slurs. The man told one television station that Sugrue had beat him with a fire extinguisher and a coffee table as well.
Sugrue’s attorney, Kenneth Gross, is telling another story, though, claiming his client is actually the victim here. Gross says the 50-year-old man was trying to take advantage of his client, “trying to entice my client to do things that were against his nature.”
“My son is a victim of a 50-year-old man,” says Terry Sugrue, the 19-year-old’s mother. “This is someone we tried to help. He became obsessed with my son.” Father Frank Sugrue adds, “It’s absolutely ridiculous to suggest my son would have anything to do with a hate crime.”
Jackson Sugrue is being held on $1,000 bail and has been ordered to stay away from the victim. His pretrial hearing is scheduled for Aug. 1.
Sugrue’s alleged victim says he’s unsure what his next steps are are, as he is homeless and has no one to help him in this country.