'Hate crime' suspect in Muskegon appears in court

Suspect arrested in 'hate crime' incident

MUSKEGON, MICH. - Trevon Godbolt, 18, was on the run from police until Tuesday evening, and Wednesday, Nov. 8, he appeared in court for arraignment on two different charges. 

Godbolt is being charged with two felonies: unarmed robbery and false imprisonment. 

His bond is set at $250,000. The prosecutor labeled Godbolt as a danger to the community and told the judge he targeted this victim specifically because he is gay. 

Godbolt will be back in court for his preliminary exam later this month. 

WZZM 13 news reached out to the Governor of Michigan for comment on the attack. The governor's office replied: 

"The governor believes discrimination has no place in Michigan and has long called for civility and respect for people of different backgrounds and perspectives. In the past, he urged the Michigan Legislature to expand protections for LGBT Michiganders in the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. This is a horrific attack that never should have occurred and this type of violence is not welcome in Michigan. "

Grand Rapids Pride Center also sent us a comment after the attack. Saying, "unfortunately, the attack on this young man is just the most recently known in a long line of abuse the LGBTQ community in Michigan has faced."

The center cited the CDC and saying the numbers, "numbers of reported abuse aimed at our LGBTQ youth in Michigan schools are shocking and frightening." 

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