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Phone-app date leads to hate crime charges | VIDEO

SPRINGTOWN, Texas — Each day, millions of people tap into technology to meet new people, including the use of social smartphone apps.

But an early morning connection nearly got a Springtown man killed. Arron Keahey was beaten, bloody and bruised.

Keahey, 24, said his first contact with the 18-year-old suspect, Brice Johnson [pictured at the left], was on a phone app called MeetMe. Keahey said he went over to the teen's house about an hour later.

The Labor Day attack left Keahey with broken facial bones that required plastic surgery. He also suffered nerve damage and had some teeth knocked out.
Keahey is gay, and said he went to the teen's house in Springtown thinking he was either gay or bisexual. He said the ambush happened immediately.

"He started getting all frustrated and talking all angrily," Keahey said. "I don't remember anything after that."

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