Alleged hate crime victim arrested on unrelated charges

Kameron Gunby, 26, is seated with his mother, Ava Price, and father, Keith Gunby, and dog Kiba, outside his father's home in Kennesaw, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Kameron Gunby said he was attacked by three white men Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, while walking in his neighborhood. The attack sent him to the hospital with a broken nose, fractured check and broken tooth. Police have no suspects.
Kameron Gunby, 26, is seated with his mother, Ava Price, and father, Keith Gunby, and dog Kiba, outside his father's home in Kennesaw, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Kameron Gunby said he was attacked by three white men Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, while walking in his neighborhood. The attack sent him to the hospital with a broken nose, fractured check and broken tooth. Police have no suspects.

Credit: Chris Joyner

Credit: Chris Joyner

Kennesaw man who reported being assaulted by three white men now faces assault charges himself

A Kennesaw man who last week claimed he was the victim of a hate crime is now under arrest and facing multiple felony charges after an incident in a friend’s apartment early Monday morning.

Kameron Gunby, 26, is charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault after he allegedly pointed a loaded firearm at four women before reportedly firing it into a wall.

Last week, Gunby, who is Black, reached out to news organizations to report an alleged hate crime following an assault that landed him in the hospital. Gunby said three white men jumped from a pickup truck yelling racial slurs, leaving him delirious and bleeding on a darkened street in a random attack around 11 p.m., Aug. 2, in his south Kennesaw neighborhood.

When police arrived, Gunby was on his back, lying in a pool of blood from a head wound. He was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital and released the following day.

“They bloodied my face, broke my nose, broke my tooth,” Gunby told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week. “It’s scary to walk around anywhere in these times.”

Police have no suspects in Gunby’s assault.

Then this past Sunday evening, Kennesaw resident Jasmine Bracey said her roommate brought Gunby to their apartment after he had called and said he was stranded and needed a ride.

Bracey, two of her female cousins, and Bracey’s infant daughter were in the apartment at the time, with the baby asleep in another room.

“He came into our apartment already off the wall,” Bracey said. “We knew he was a little paranoid about what had just happened to him, so we tried to give him the benefit of the doubt. But he was being loud and disrespectful.”

She said Gunby became more agitated when asked to leave. At some point in the argument, Gunby allegedly pulled a pistol from a satchel and pointed it at them. All four women ran out of the room, according to the police report. Bracey and a cousin grabbed her child and left the apartment and heard a shot as soon as they exited, the report says.

Police found a bullet lodged in the kitchen back splash, the report says. They said they also found Gunby’s wallet with his Georgia concealed weapons permit between the cushions in a couch.

According to Kennesaw police, Gunby was arrested later Monday morning by Cherokee County Sheriff officers. Along with the assault charges, Gunby was charged with a felony count of child abuse because Bracey’s daughter was present, and a felony charge of sexual assault for unwanted sexual advances he allegedly made to Bracey’s roommate.

Keith Gunby, Kameron’s father, said he was still trying to piece together what happened. He said his son had been having difficulties after his alleged assault.

“He was acting very erratic. He was in and out, depressed, he wasn’t really himself,” he said.

Prior to Kameron Gunby’s arrest, Keith Gunby had expressed doubts that the police were taking his son’s claim seriously. He said he had been multiple times to the police department to urge a more thorough investigation.

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