Atlanta police make second arrest in gay beating

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A second suspect in the beating of a gay Atlanta man surrendered to police on Friday, leaving at least one suspect in the Feb. 4 attack on the lam. Dorian Moragne (photo), 19, arrived at Atlanta police headquarters with an attorney about 4 p.m., was taken into custody and charged with robbery and aggravated assault. On Feb. 11, Atlanta police announced the arrest of Christopher Deon Cain in the case. A third suspect is still being sought. Mayor Kasim Reed has upped the Crime Stoppers award to $25,000 for tips leading to arrests in the case. The full statement from Atlanta police:

Shortly before 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17th, Atlanta Police Department officers took custody of Dorian Moragne, B/M, DOB 9/12/92. Moragne was wanted in connection with the beating of 20-year-old Brandon White outside of a store at 1029 McDaniel Street on Feb. 4th. Moragne was accompanied by his lawyer and voluntarily turned himself in at Atlanta Public Safety Headquarters in downtown Atlanta. He will be charged with robbery and aggravated assault and transported to the Fulton County Jail. We continue to seek a third, identified suspect in connection with this incident. No further information will be released at this time.
Moragne has been arrested in Fulton County at least four other times. In January, just weeks before the anti-gay attack, Moragne was arrested and charged with obstruction and prowling. The arrest comes less than two weeks after at least three gang members attacked and beat Brandon White outside a McDaniel Street grocery store, yelling anti-gay slurs and recording the incident on video. The attack received national attention and prompted a rally (view photos) outside the Southwest Atlanta store on Feb. 11. Watch video of White calling out his attackers as "monsters."


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