The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

March 15, 2014

Man tells police of racial slur, bottle assault

A 44-year-old man reported having been the victim of a racially motivated assault Thursday morning near 12th and Main streets in Joplin.

Corey Adkins, a resident of Joplin, told police that he pulled his vehicle up to three men standing by a couple of motorcycles and asked if they needed help.

When he got out to talk to them, one of the men with a tattoo on his neck that read “Whites only” uttered a racial slur and swung a 40-ounce beer bottle at him that struck his hand and cut him, Adkins told police.

He reported that another of the men then came at him, and he wound up on the ground. The men rode off on the motorcycles when Adkins rolled beneath his vehicle to get away from them, he told police.

Adkins initially went home but later was taken by ambulance to Freeman Hospital West for treatment of the injury to his hand. The case remained under investigation Friday without any arrests having been made.

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