Greensboro city employee charged in hotel assault, police say attack not hate crime

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Garry Joseph Gupton

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A good-looking young stranger in a gay bar is going to draw some attention, Chemistry Nightclub owner Drew Wofford said Thursday, according to the Greensboro News & Record.

Garry Joseph Gupton, a 26-year-old Greensboro city employee, spent several hours flirting with drag queens Saturday night, and hooked up with a regular at the bar, 46-year-old Stephen Patrick White.

Then, Wofford said, the two left together and went to a hotel. By dawn, one man was critically injured and the other was in jail.

Police have said that a fire broke out in the hotel room the men shared. White was hospitalized with critical burn injuries and Gupton has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

About 4:30 a.m. Sunday, police and firefighters raced to Battleground Inn, 1517 W. Wendover Terrace. When authorities arrived, they found flames and smoke pouring from a fourth-floor room.

First responders found White, of 1722 Aspenshire Drive, unconscious in the room, and suffering from burns and smoke inhalation. Police arrested Gupton, of 1312 Wiley Lewis Road, at the hotel. Paramedics took White to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where he remained in critical condition on Thursday.

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