Ethan Dickerson is a nineteen year old from Illinois who would break into the home of his neighbor and attempted to kill him with a wrench. According to court documents Ethan Dickerson would break into the home through a window, go to the sixty year old man’s bedroom and beat him with a pipe wrench. The reason behind the attack? Ethan Dickerson neighbor is gay. Now the nineteen year old attempted teen killer has been charged hate crime, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery, aggravated unlawful restraint, and home invasion. Ethan Dickerson was still in the victim’s home when police arrived in Decatur Illinois.
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An Illinois teen was arrested Thursday for breaking into his neighbor’s home and trying to kill him because he’s gay, authorities said.
Ethan Dickerson, 19, faces preliminary charges of hate crime, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery, aggravated unlawful restraint, and home invasion.
The incident happened Thursday afternoon in Decatur, about 180 miles south of Chicago, WICS-TV reported. Police were called to a home on Delray Court after a report of a broken window and a potential break-in.
A responding officer found the door locked but heard someone inside screaming for help. The officer then broke down the door and saw a man on the kitchen floor with multiple lacerations to his head and covered in a “significant” amount of blood.
His alleged assailant was still in the home also covered in blood, police said.
The 60-year-old victim told police he was in bed when he heard glass shatter and saw Dickerson enter his home through a window.
The teen began hitting the victim on his face, head and body with a pipe wrench saying “you’re gay,” “you’re evil,” and “I’m going to kill you” a number of times, the man told police.
At one point, Dickerson duct-taped his wrists, forced him into a chair, and continued beating him, the man said.
When the victim was able to free himself, the two wrestled over the wrench but Dickerson held the tool across the man’s neck and began choking him.
That’s when the officer arrived.
Dickerson was arrested at the scene. The victim was taken to a hospital .
The teen appeared before a Macon County judge on Friday morning and is currently being held on a $1 million bond.