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POSTED May 20, 2013 9:26 p.m.

ANGRY MOB PELTS MAN THOUGHT TO BE SEX ATTACKER: DENVER (AP) — Residents angry that police had not warned them about sex assaults of children took matters into their own hands, chasing down a man they thought was the attacker, pelting him with rocks and leaving him with a bloody face in Colorado, authorities said Monday.

Pueblo police later released the man because of lack of evidence, The Pueblo Chieftain (http://tinyurl.com/m3lwyju) reported.

Neighborhood residents were looking for a man suspected of two separate sexual acts when they got word that a man matching the description had been spotted, said Alex Pacheco, one of the pursuers.

The group confronted the man and he ran.

Pursuers surrounded him and punched him in the face, police Capt. Tom Rummel said. Arriving officers shoved the man into a police car and whisked him to the station for questioning. He was not seriously injured.

THOUSANDS MARCH IN NY TO PROTEST GAY MAN'S KILLING: NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands marched the streets of Manhattan Monday to protest the killing of a gay man allegedly taunted with homophobic slurs — the most recent in a spate of bias attacks stirring up anxiety, disbelief and outrage in a famously gay-friendly neighborhood.

"We're here! We're queer!" and "Homophobia's got to go!" were among chants as a crowd marked the death of 32-year-old Mark Carson in Greenwich Village — not far from the site of 1969 riots that helped give rise to the gay rights movement.

Christine Quinn, the city's first openly gay City Council speaker, marched along with Edie Windsor, whose pivotal case to win the same rights for gay couples as heterosexual couples is before the Supreme Court.

Carson was killed Saturday as he walked with a companion through the Village. Police say a man charged with murder as a hate crime shot Carson in the head in the heart of one of the city's most progressive neighborhoods.

 

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