Update: Bond Set For Man Charged In Hate Crime Involving Marine

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Gregory Duncan was arrested in regards to a hate crime that occurred in the early morning of October 27. On Monday, his bond was set by a judge at $100,000.

Duncan allegedly punched Ryan Langenegger in the face after Duncan and two other men confronted Langenegger and his friends after leaving the Pepperjax restaurant.

Police said one of the men started calling Langenegger and friends derogatory names regarding their sexual orientation. The suspects allegedly blocked their direction of travel and another suspect, who was later identified as 35-year-old Gregory Duncan punched Langenegger.

Duncan was arrested and booked Friday in Omaha for 3rd Degree Felony Assault. The original charge would be a misdemeanor but since it was considered a hate crime, the charge was enhanced to a felony.

Posted October 2013

Omaha police are now investigating the assault of a Marine, who stood up for his gay friends, as a hate crime.

WOWT 6 News was first to report the assault on Monday. News of what happened quickly went viral. Thursday afternoon, Omaha police notified the media that they had contacted the victim, Ryan Langenegger, and asked him to file a report.

Police said Langenegger originally declined to file a police report at the time of the incident, so there was no record of the alleged crime on file.

Mayor Jean Stothert issued a statement on Thursday, "Hate crimes in our community will not be tolerated and should be reported and investigated. I have confidence in the Omaha Police Department to conduct a thorough investigation of the reported assault at 12th and Howard on Sunday."

Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call police at 402-444-7867.

Posted October 28, 2013

An Omaha man told WOWT 6 News he is recovering Monday after being attacked in the Old Market Saturday night. Ryan Langenegger said he was punched after sticking up for his friends, who were being harassed for being gay.

Langenegger said he and his two friends, Josh Foo and Jacob Gellinger, were eating at Pepperjax Grill in the Old Market around 2 a.m. when the harassment began. Jacob was dressed in drag.

"We were eating and there was three guys watching us and one of them stepped up and was a foot or two away from my friend {Gellinger} and he just kept saying should I should I?" Langenegger explained.

Gellinger said eventually he told the men, "I know I'm a boy in a dress." Kellenegger said the men then told Gellinger, "Yeah, you're disgusting and more colorful language and insisted on using more derogatory remarks toward my two friends."

That's when the three friends decided to leave the restaurant, but according to Langenegger, the men followed them outside and eventually cut them off, preventing them from getting to their car and leaving.

"I stepped in and said, 'Hey we aren’t looking for any trouble,' and as I’m talking to him one of his friends from the corner of my eye comes up and hits me in the face. I stand up and he also swings at my other friend and misses and I just look at him and say, 'Why?' There's no reason for this."

The friends say they are upset because they were minding their own business and didn't do anything to provoke the fight.

Langenegger suffered bruising on the face, two chipped teeth, and a giant gash on his forehead. He says taking the punch was worth it to stick up for his friends.

"I see this happen all the time with my friends and it’s really sickening. It’s 2013, we live in Omaha, a lot of people don’t realize that this stuff is going on and it's just not right, and I'm just not going to stand by and watch my friends and pretty much family get degraded its just not right," he told WOWT 6 News.

Foo said, "What he did for standing up that meant so much to me." Gellinger also thanked Kellenegger, "He got in the way otherwise it would have been us."

The friends said they hope to get surveillance footage from the Pepperjax and the attackers credit card information that he likely used inside the restaurant to track him down. They hope charges will be pressed against them.

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