Windsor police arrest 2nd man in alleged gay bashing

A second man has been arrested in the alleged gay-bashing attack last week on a Windsor man.
Video surveillance footage shows two men leaving Chris Rabideau's apartment building as he lies on the floor in the lobby behind them. ((Windsor Police Service))
A second man has been arrested in the alleged gay-bashing attack last week on a Windsor man.

Acting on a tip, police arrested Michael Allard at an apartment building in the 1100 block of Ouellette Avenue.

Allard, 27, had been sought since Friday in connection with the robbery and vicious beating of Chris Rabideau in the lobby of his apartment building.

According to police, Allard escaped from an apartment balcony when police made their first arrest in the case on Monday. Windsor police confirmed Tuesday that Stephen Lambert, 45, of no fixed address had been charged with robbery, choking, assault causing bodily harm, forcible confinement, mischief and resisting arrest.

Chris Rabideau displays injuries he says he received when he was attacked by two men who robbed and beat him, he believes, because he is gay. ((CBC))

Allard appeared in court on Wednesday to answer to a litany of charges, including robbery, forcible confinement, assault causing bodily harm and mischief.  He has also been charged with a count of resisting arrest for struggling with police.

Rabideau, 26, suffered a concussion, a broken nose, black eyes and a badly swollen face in the attack. He said his attackers yelled homophobic slurs during the beating and he wants them charged with a hate crime.

Bruce Elman, dean of law at the University of Windsor, said most crimes under the Criminal Code carry a maximum sentence, so adding the hate crime element to the offence could mean the judge would lean toward the maximum term.

The Crown has not said whether a hate-crime count would be added.