Massachusetts man beaten, held captive for four days, because he was gay, police say



Man held hostage in Massachusetts basement for four days

Suspect arrested and charged with a hate crime after locking Otoni Eliseu in a bathroom and hitting him because they are gay.

A 19-year-old man is accused of beating and holding another man hostage in a basement, a bathroom, without food or water, four days for being gay, Massachusetts police say.

Jackson Sugrue, of Framingham, is facing a hate crime charge after police on Saturday responded to a report of a man beating a person with a bat.

The police said they found 50-year-old Otoni Eliseu wear only a pants and lying on the ground covered in blood, bruises, and scratches, Boston 25 reported.

Eliseu reportedly told the police that he and Sugrue were “hanging” and drugs before Sugrue suddenly became violent. The prosecutors said Sugrue allegedly obstructed Eliseu from leaving the apartment by taking his phone away and “threatening him.”

Prosecutors said that Sugrue pulled Eliseu of his bed on the floor, and repeatedly attacked by him, stepping on his throat and choked him.

“He struck me on my back, on my ass, [saying,] “you’re gay, you love me”,” Eliseu allegedly said, according to Boston 25.

He added that Sugrue allegedly struck him with a coffee table, while call gay slurs.

Sugrue allegedly, Eliseu trapped in a basement apartment in the Philadelphia Baptist Church, where Eliseu was left after the church and the pastor allowed him to live there. The pastor told authorities Eliseu was a recovering drug addict.

On Saturday, Eliseu break out of the apartment and made a run, said the police.

“Jesus was helping me, and thank God that I’m alive,” he said, Boston 25 reported.

Eliseu was transported to MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham is for the treatment.

Sugrue was arrested on Saturday and charged with a hate crime, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery and intimidation of a witness.

Sugrue denied the charges and claimed that he is actually the victim and that Eliseu was trying to make him, his lawyer said.

“He tried to seduce my client to do things that are against his nature,” Kenneth Gross said, according to MetroWest Daily News.

Sugrue parents told the Daily News that Eliseau was “obsessed with their son.”

“It is absolutely ridiculous to suggest that my son would have anything to do with a hate crime,” Frank Sugrue told the newspaper.

Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

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