PORTLAND, Maine — Two men were arrested Monday in connection with a racially motivated assault, according to a statement from Portland police.

Charles Bean Jr., 35, and Benjamin Bean, 30, of New Gloucester both face multiple charges, according to the statement.

Police reportedly were flagged down and notified of a fight in an alley and discovered the men, who are brothers, assaulting a 33-year-old man.

The brothers were fighting with another man when a small group gathered. The two men, who are both white, then singled out a black man among that group and threatened to kill him, according to the release. The men also allegedly used racial slurs.

The victim suffered facial injuries and scrapes and bruises in the attack. He was treated and then released from a local hospital, the statement said. He was the only black person in the group of bystanders and apparently was singled out by the suspects.

Charles Bean has been charged with assault and interference of constitutional rights, while Benjamin Bean is accused of assault, interference of constitutional rights and violating conditions of release. They were taken to Cumberland County Jail after the arrests.

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