Two teenagers, including an apparent racist skinhead, have been arrested in Spring, Texas, for brutally beating and sexually assaulting a 17-year old Hispanic boy who tried to kiss a 12-year-old girl at a party, according to authorities.
David Henry Tuck, 18, and Keith Robert Turner, 17, are both charged with aggravated sexual assault in the attack that left the victim in critical condition with massive internal injuries.
According to investigators, the suspects dragged the victim from a house party on April 22, 2006, and then stomped on his head with steel-toed boots, sodomized him with a patio-umbrella pipe, tried to carve something in his chest and doused his body in bleach.
The suspects allegedly kicked the pipe into the victim so deeply that it damaged many vital organs. Investigators also discovered burns on his back. The victim, who was not discovered until 10 hours after the attack, is in critical condition.
Tuck and Turner allegedly shouted racial epithets during the attack, but prosecutors are not currently pursuing the incident as a hate crime because it would have no effect on sentencing.
“I don’t know that the very beginning of the attack was racial, but there’s no question that they were venting quite a bit of hatred in their hearts,” said prosecutor Mike Trent.
Tuck, who reportedly has multiple swastika tattoos, would regularly host gatherings at his home that included ceremonies with chants of “sieg heil.” Tuck and this group reportedly intimidated minorities in the neighborhood; in one incident, they shouted racial slurs at a 4-year old African-American girl. Neighbors said that Tuck once paraded around the neighborhood with a swastika flag on Martin Luther King Day.
Both suspects are being held without bond in Harris County Jail. If the victim dies, the suspects will be eligible to receive the death penalty.