Jackson County Sheriff’s Office investigators are looking into the possibility that an armed robbery early Saturday morning in Hoschton may have been a hate crime.

A Hispanic male told JCSO officers that three white males, one armed with a hand gun, assaulted him and stole his truck in the driveway of his Hoschton home around midnight, with one saying “go back to where you came from you wetback m-----f-----.”

The truck was later found burned in Gwinnett County. The man, whose identity and address are being withheld by Mainstreet Newspapers for his protection, told officers that after he got off of work Friday, he went to his brother’s house in Lawrenceville before coming home.

When he pulled into his driveway around midnight, he said a black Honda car pulled in behind him and turned off its lights. Three white males got out, one brandishing a handgun, and demanded the keys to his truck. The victim said he gave them the keys, and that two of the men began hitting in the face and head, knocking him to the ground.

The victim said he did not know at what point the men began to follow him home.

A medical until checked out the victim’s injuries, but he was not transported to a hospital

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