Ukrainian family facing hate crimes charges in attack that left gay man blind in Pompano Beach, Florida


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Broward State Attorney’s Office filed hate crime charges on Tuesday against three individuals accused of severely beating a man based on his sexual orientation.

The victim, 31, of Pompano Beach, was severely beaten during an incident that occurred in the city on or about August 6, 2021. He has been permanently blinded and sustained other serious injuries as a result of the incident.

The suspects are Ukrainians Inna Makarenko, 44; Yevhen Makarenko, 43; and Oleh Makarenko, 21.

A fourth person, Vladyslav Makarenko, was transferred from Alabama to the Broward County jail system on Monday. Prosecutors are reviewing the case against him and formal charges have not been filed at this time.

All four are jailed without bond and the investigation by the Broward Sheriff’s Office is continuing.

Hear from the victim in the video below.

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