(FOX 31 News) A man is in jail for a hate-motivated crime in Albany on February 23.
Police have arrested 44-year-old Brocdrick Stewart for two counts of aggravate assault, cruelty to children in the third, aggravated battery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a specific crime, terroristic threats and acts and robbery.
Police responded to Sam’s Club on February 23 after learning that a female had been physically assaulted after having a gun pressed into her face.
Police say that Steward grabbed the victim by the hair, pulled her to the back of his vehicle and proceeded to hit her and knee her in the face.
Several of his friends pulled him off of her and then jumped inside his car and left the scene.
Police say that all of this took place in front of the victim’s girlfriend and her five-year-old daughter.
After being questioned, investigators learned the motive behind the attack was the victim’s sexual preference.
Stewart is currently in the Dougherty County Jail.
The Albany Police Department says that “the City of Albany is a caring city and celebrates diversity. This incident does not reflect our community, and our hearts go out to the victim and her daughter. The Department will not be releasing any further details about the victim out of respect and privacy.”