Two arrested, third suspect sought in attack on gay man in Victorville

Authorities are looking for a man who they say led an attack on a Victorville man who was struck with rocks, bottles and a wooden board because he’s gay.

Detectives arrested two suspects -- a 17-year-old boy and 22-year-old Robert Fraire -- and are still looking for Ethan Walker, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday.

The 17-year-old was not identified because he is a minor.

The attack occurred Oct. 28 in a remote drainage wash near Mall Boulevard and Petaluma Road in Victorville, authorities said.

Before the attack Walker and the victim were friends, officials said. But, apparently after learning the man was gay, Walker arranged to meet him near the drainage wash to walk him to work, where Walker, Fraire and the 17-year old, attacked him with rocks, bottles and the board while yelling gay slurs, according to sheriff’s authorities.

The victim suffered numerous injuries, and his cellphone and wallet were stolen.

After the attack, detectives took Fraire and the boy into custody and issued an arrest warrant for Walker.

Anyone with details about Walker’s whereabouts is urged to call Det. Dana Weinberg at (760) 241-2911.

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