Police are investigating the assault of a Naperville native as a hate crime.
19-year-old Marcus Owens, a 2015 graduate of Waubonsie Valley and current student at the University of Iowa, told police he was attacked by three white men between the ages of 19 and 22 as he left an off-campus bar on April 30th. Owens said the assailants used racial slurs while beating him.
The assault left Owens with cuts and bruises, missing teeth and a split lip, requiring multiple stitches.
Owens reported the incident to police that Monday night, however the University of Iowa did not notify students of the incident until Wednesday, prompting the hashtag #ExplainIowa.
At the time of this taping, no one is in custody, but police are actively exploring leads.
Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.
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