UC Berkeley Student Choked, Punched, Called Gay: Police

By Lisa Fernandez
|  Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014  |  Updated 2:04 PM PDT
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Cal Student Choked, Called Gay: Police

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University of California at Berkeley police arrested a 19-year-old student after they said he robbed a fellow student, punched him, choked him and made gay remarks at his expense.

In a statement, police said they took Joseph Donner into custody on Tuesday just before noon.

They say he and an acquaintance were walking to Moffitt Library when Donner allegedly assaulted his classmate near Campbell Hall before taking his cell phone and made undisclosed "homophobic statements."

Donner also ordered the student to go into a construction area, and when he wouldn't, began "repeatedly" punching, kicking and choking him before running away, police said.

Police said they arrested Donner at his home in connection with robbery, aggravated assault and a hate crime.
 

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