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Marshall man faces hate crime charges after confrontation with LGBTQ bar patrons

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A man who repeatedly yelled homophobic slurs at patrons of two downtown Madison bars early Thursday was arrested for battery and disorderly conduct with a hate crime enhancer.

Billy Jack Kroneman, 27, Marshall, also faces possible charges of resisting/obstructing and bail jumping.

The victims, some of whom are gay, helped escort Kroneman away from the two taverns after he first directed numerous homophobic slurs at them.

Kroneman later returned to the Main Street bars and started using the same language. He then began looking for a physical confrontation, according to a Madison police incident report.

A 34-year-old Madison man said he was punched several times in the face and was was bleeding when police arrived.

A 42-yar-old woman said Kroneman pushed her. A 41-year-old man injured a knee, elbow, and hand while trying to stop the suspect from making further assaults.

When officers arrived, the heard the Kroneman continue shouting homophobic slurs at victims.

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