CORINTH, Miss. (WTVA) - Corinth police are sending an assault investigation to the FBI for review.
Corinth police say the assault took place at the V Taco restaurant last Friday night.
Police say 22-year-old Luke Kiddy assaulted a man, believed to be gay, who was leaving the restaurant's women’s bathroom with a group of female friends.
“I don’t know any details of why,” said John Mabry, the restaurant’s owner. “But I know he [the victim] went into the women's restroom with a lady and he came out with a lady.”
That’s when the reported assault occurred.
Corinth police say when they arrived Friday night, they detained Kiddy briefly but then released him.
Police Investigator Dell Green says officers didn’t notice any severe injuries to charge Kiddy at that time.
However, the victim is undergoing surgery.
Kiddy has since been charged with aggravated assault.
Green says the case has been sent to the FBI to determine if the incident meets the characteristics of a "hate crime." However, Green confirmed the State of Mississippi doesn't have a hate crime statute.
Kiddy is out on a $25,000 bond.