The weekend assault of a black University of Iowa freshman from Naperville is being investigated as a hate crime, Iowa City police said Wednesday.
Marcus Owens, 19, a 2015 graduate of Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, told police he was attacked Saturday night outside an Iowa City lounge by three men who were shouting racial slurs.
"Based on information presented by the victim, this case is being investigated as a hate crime," Iowa City police Sgt. Scott Gaarde said in a statement.
Investigators have gathered information on possible suspects, described as three white males between the ages of 19 and 22, Gaarde said.
Marcus Owens' uncle, Darrell...