Security footage and a photo lineup led Omaha police to a Missouri man accused of committing a hate crime in the Old Market, a witness said Friday.
Joshua Foo, 29, said he and two friends identified Gregory Duncan as one of the men who confronted them at PepperJax Grill.
Omaha police on Friday arrested Duncan in connection with the alleged hate crime.
“When I saw his picture, I knew. I knew that it was him,” Foo told The World-Herald.
Duncan, 35, was booked into the Douglas County Jail on suspicion of third-degree felony assault. Since the Oct. 27 incident was investigated as a hate crime, it's a felony.
Ryan Langenegger of Omaha, a 22-year-old Marine who is straight, told police he was punched in the face after he peacefully defended two gay friends.
He had gone to a drag show with Foo and Jacob Gellinger, 25, who was wearing a dress. After the show, the men headed over to PepperJax in the Old Market.
Langenegger said a man gave him and his friends trouble inside the restaurant. He came over to their table and stared at Gellinger. Langenegger and his friends decided to leave.
They were followed out of the restaurant by three men who started making derogatory remarks, Langenegger said.
Langenegger told the man he and his friends didn't want trouble and just wanted to go home.
The man punched Langenegger in the face, resulting in a gash on his forehead, a bruised eye, bloody nose and two chipped teeth.
Since the confrontation, Foo said, he's been leery of hanging out downtown. He said he feels safer since an arrest has been made.
“I'd stay away from that area,” Foo recalled. “Everytime I drove by, I'd think about what happened.”
Duncan does not have a criminal record in Nebraska. Police said he's from Missouri and has been working construction in Omaha.