Baltimore City Police detectives have arrested three individuals for the alleged racially motivated beating of an elderly African-American man.
Calvin E. Lockner, 28, Zachary Watson, 17, and Emmanuel Miller, 16, are charged with 18 counts, including attempted murder and assault as a hate crime, carjacking, and other offenses. The two teenagers, arrested on August 19, 2009, are being charged as adults. Lockner was arrested on August 18.
The three men allegedly attacked the 76-year-old victim early on August 18 while he was fishing in Fort Armistead Park in South Baltimore, beating him with either a baseball bat or sledgehammer, as well as kicking and punching him while shouting racial slurs. The three then allegedly stole the victim's vehicle to flee the scene, leaving the victim with severe head injuries, including a fractured eye socket and two missing bottom teeth.
Authorities arrested Lockner after the vehicle crashed and overturned. The two teens eluded capture at the time, with Watson later reportedly telling police that he hid in a tree.
After his arrest, Lockner, who also goes by the nickname "Hitler," allegedly told police that he is a white supremacist and that the assault would not have happened if the victim were white.
Lockner, a convicted sex offender, has a number of white supremacist tattoos, including a portrait of Hitler on his torso with the phrase "He Lives" beneath it.
According to Baltimore City Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III, the teens knew Lockner from the neighborhood. The three have reportedly given contradictory statements to police, blaming each other for the attack.
In March 2000, Lockner was indicted in Baltimore Circuit Court for first-degree attempted murder, rape, kidnapping and sex offenses for allegedly raping a 4-year-old girl and raping and attempting to kill a 39-year-old woman. Lockner ultimately pleaded guilty to a single count of second-degree sex offense against the woman after the mother of the 4-year-old child allegedly did not want her daughter to testify. According to prosecutors, he received a 20-year sentence, with all but eight years suspended, and in 2007, received two additional years after violating his probation by failing to register as a sex offender. In May 2009, he was charged with domestic abuse after his wife reportedly told police that Lockner bit her in the face after an argument about African-Americans. The charge was dropped when the wife invoked spousal privilege and refused to testify against him.