Seneca police said federal agents were in town investigating a March attack as a possible hate crime Thursday.
Officers said FBI agents were interviewing all officers that were associated with the March attack of a North Carolina man.
On March 17, police said six men beat a Franklin man outside of the Applebees restaurant, and the attack might have been racially motivated.
Police Chief John Covington said the report made after the attack was that racial slurs were being used toward the victim.
The report also said an anonymous witness told investigators the victim was overheard inside the restaurant making racial comments about black people, though Covington said that investigators have not been able to confirm that.
The Seneca Police Department sent the case to the FBI to determine if it should be investigated as a hate crime under federal law. South Carolina does not have a hate crime statute.
Police said federal agents will forward their investigation to the Columbia office for review.
Following the attack, police said they arrested 18-year-old Teryn Robinson, 19-year-old Tray Holland, 20-year-old Justin Alexander, 22-year-old Derick Williams, 25-year-old Kino Jones and 22-year-old Montrez Jones.
Police said all six men were from the Seneca area and they were each charged with assault and battery by mob.
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