marquez tolbert

An Atlanta man was arrested and charged with throwing a pot of scalding hot water on a gay couple as they lay in bed in his girlfriend's apartment.

Authorities are considering filing federal hate crime charges against Martin Blackwell, 48, who is being held in the Fulton County jail without bond.

Blackwell told police he threw "just a little hot water" on the men because he was "disgusted" by their relationship. The attack happened in February.

The AJC.com reports that one of the gay men, Anthony Gooden, is the son of Blackwell's girlfriend. Gooden lived with his mother and Blackwell in her Buffington Road apartment.

Marquez Tolbert suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns on his neck, back and arms. He spent 10 days at Grady Hospital undergoing painful surgeries to have skin grafted from his thigh to replace the burned areas on his back.

Gooden was released from the hospital on Friday.

“The pain doesn’t let you sleep,” a tearful Tolbert told Channel 2 Action News. “It’s just like it’s excruciating 24 hours a day, and it doesn't go anywhere,” Tolbert said. “It doesn't dial down, anything. It's just there."

Tolbert recalls Blackwell's rage. "Martin pulled me up and said, 'Get out of my house with all that gay,'" Tolbert said. "I couldn't stop screaming.”

He called the scars on his back and arms scars of hate.

"Why else would you pour boiling hot water on somebody?" Tolbert asked.

WSB-TV reports that the Atlanta Police Department LGBT liaison worked to make sure Blackwell was not released on bond.

  • PM

    Unfortunate

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    Probably mad 'cause they kept sayin no to a 3-some while the girlfriend was at work. Old hateful creep! He'll get to 'participate' in gel though...

    #dropthesoap

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Smh. I hope his mom is not still with the creep. Someone should warm his head up.

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    And it's not even HIS residence, but he's around there tryna run things like his name is on the lease, smh

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    Hmmmmm? It's possible. If only I could go around throwing hot water on folks who I am disgusted by? @Sandra you'd be first on my not to list? Ha! Anyway, had her going huh @Nancy,,,Well, pray for me girl, pray that the money cat blesses me?? Lata??

  • Kay

    I just can't understand why this comment had me so weak! Lol! ???After thoroughly reading this article the first comment i see is unfortunate ?, lol!!

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    You play in traffic too dontchu?
    LMAO!!!

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    I dew??? I mean, it's thrilling? And if I do get hit? Caching??? Left my uncle Peaches with a pronounced limp, but also a 4 figure? Wardrobe to die for...You hear me?!?! To die for?? Bye?? ashy???

  • ?Sugar&Spice?

    This is sick and no different from white cops killing black people.

    Stop the hate!

  • LeBrick James

    I could never bring myself pour scalding hot water on a dog, much less another human being.

    Hopefully this man gets a good 10-15 years in prison for this.
    Anything less would be a travesty of justice.

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    Nite Sugar(y)! :kiss:
    (you bet not be out trollin' in Peaches' church frocks! *shakes fist*)

  • LeBrick James

    And did he think he was gonna just pour scalding hot water on his girlfriend's son... and just get away with it with no consequences?

    stupid.

  • Sexy CJ

    An Atlanta man was arrested and charged with throwing a pot of scalding hot water on a gay couple as they lay in bed in his girlfriend’s apartment.

    Authorities are considering filing federal hate crime charges against Martin Blackwell, 48, who is being held in the Fulton County jail without bond.

    Blackwell told police he threw “just a little hot water” on the men because he was “disgusted” by their relationship. Tolbert recalls Blackwell’s rage, "Martin pulled me up and said, "Get out of my house with all that gay"..........

  • guest

    That's old school actions throwing boiling water *ijs*

  • Sexy CJ

    **********

  • That’s Interesting

    Hate will BLIND you...

  • That’s Interesting

    He was "disgusted" by the lust he felt in his own loins as he looked on longingly at the scene before him.

  • M Swiss

    This write up was confusing.

  • Deno Spencer

    This was wrong yes. And he deserves punishment but is it violating his rights to deny him bail? Murderes get bail high bail but because it's a gay crime he is treated more harshly? Ok a man shoots and kills an innocent young man In a hoodie and gets bail but this guy can't?

    The apartment was the mothers? They and the bf stayed with the mom? Did the mom know her bf felt that way about her son. Why would she let a man live with her and her son knowing he was "disqusted" by his lifestyle? Another woman choosing dick over her child? Idk just asking

  • lovelygamour

    if we can take this deeper. were they paying rent? he shouldnt have thrown hot water on them but is this a gay thing or is this a i dont want to pay for 2 grown people. cause if he had a problem with them how did he get close enough to get them while they were in bed. was the lock broke. see this is why i am careful with who i get comfortable with. throwing hot water on someone is foul.

  • Deno Spencer

    Didn't think of that angle. Yes.great point. It is Plausible.

  • That’s Interesting

    Was HE paying the rent, cause it says it was his GIRLFRIEND's apartment that she shared with her son. If he didn't like it, he should have stayed at home.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    You ask some very good questions. Most of which I don't know. I will say, bail is not a right. Holding a criminal without bail is permissible, bail is discretionary by the judge. Also, they always consider mitigating factors and his anti-gay words during the incident do make a difference. At the end of the day, his pre-trial status is at the discretion of the judge.

  • leapyearpisces

    And... BINGO!!!! was his name-oh!!!! ;-)

  • Deno Spencer

    Thank you very much. You educated me on the bail issues. I didn't know it was not at right. I pray my questions were not insensitive

  • Deno Spencer

    Wish I could upvote several times

  • Traci404

    Wait a minute...
    You living with the boys Moma -- shacked up, not married, fornicating.
    he in his room with his boyfriend laying around chillin.
    ...ummgh.
    then got the audacity tonthrow hot water on them..
    WOW

  • Fendi

    Martin Blackwell is on the downlow. His Black also cracked, because he looks older than 48. That's the hatred in his heart consuming him, and subsequently aging him.

    Prayers for his victims.

  • Fendi

    A whole 4-figures?!. ????

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    He worried bout the wrong thang. At 48, u need to be n bed with yo girl not thinking bout nobody else. #mentalproblem #getalife

  • Ni Ni

    "Another woman choosing dick over her child?" Thats what it sounds like to me. Just look at his picture. I bet he gets upset if a glass of cold water aint cold enough. The mother knew that man had a temper and kept ignoring it.

  • Jusstlookn

    Good Morn pro boring bono. School of hard knocks or JD from Columbia..

    Bait & Tackle

  • Jusstlookn

    She may have told him to do it

  • soulbrother13

    Ouch...hate crime charges are coming...sucks to be him

  • It’s Taurus Season

    TV reporter on this story: I see the beautiful and illustrious Nicole Carr is reporting in the damn ATL now! WSB got them a winner. NC better stand the entire hell UP. Congrats Nicole! I see you babes!

    This couple: Get well soon. So sorry this happened to yall.

    The fool: You going straight to hell.

  • ?E?E?M?A

    Let him rot. What about violating their rights to not have boiling water thrown on them??!

  • Yoni

    That mugshot looks like it has been around the internet before for a few different stories. Dude looks criminally familiar. #usualsuspect

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Roland Martin was going IN on POTUS this morning. Talking bout what he should have done. Don't no sistas want to be on the SC.

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    ‘Get out of my house with all that gay,
    ------------------------------
    His words above strongly suggest that it was a gay thing. Now he may have also said 'getcho non-rent-paying arses out my house' but that might not qualify as a hate crime *shrug*

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Maybe his Cialis...nevermind.

  • PhenomenalWomanThatIsMe

    Actually, some sistas do. :-) But no sista would be confirmed by this hate-filled senate. The President's pick was actually brilliant - someone they normally wouldn't object to BUT FOR the fact that POTUS picked him. He gave them enough rope to hang themselves.

  • Auditor

    I guess...

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    The write up said it was MAMA'S apartment. I haven't seen nor heard a peep from mama. Any details on how her son, Gooden, is doing or did he not get the brunt of the boiling water? Is he still with his mama? QTNA.

    So many, mannie, miany qwerstions.

  • BTweekin

    The Situation Isn't Funny At All, But I Busted Out Laughing When They Said Pops Screamed "Get Out My House With All That Gay!" ???

  • Auditor

    I could do it to just about all my bosses...and one ex...lol

  • Auditor

    Chile...like The Haves and Have Nots...ish getting goodt!

  • Vonn

    They didn't interview him, didn't even say hello. They said Barry nominated him? That's going to be a NO from us. They are going to say no to anyone the President nominates. Bastards.

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    Yep... DL

  • Sexy CJ

    Lol.......Straight Up Old School...........

  • BTweekin

    Word lol

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Da HAYLE?! ?

    What middle aged, pre-Medicare, Shady Pines, little blue pill eating leading character, romance novel did you steal this opening chapter from?

  • YES I SAID IT…

    First of all the mom is a fool, if she allows her man to move in her home and attack her son, well that's fked up! And first of all, g*y or straight, U wouldn't be having your lover up in my house in no bed, so if the mom and the boyfriend wasn't pleased with her son lifestyle then why didn't the mama throw them out, why did the boyfriend have to get involved??? Oh well not my life so umma just move on out this post. Oh by the way GOOD MORNING ALL!

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    It's not like they we're dogs locked up together.

    True old school is grits...with molasses. I heard my great granny mention this when Cooking with Al Green was out.

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    That mugshot looks like he's pouting and unapologetic. Like he's thinking 'we'll they was being gay... and wouldn't let Me play'
    *pouts and stomps off towards the kitchen*
    :kona:

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    These old menz...smh.

  • Auditor

    I'm guessing the molasses make the grits REALLY stick...cause grits will stick all by their lonesome.

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    So he can lay around her apt, but her son can't?
    Smh, he cray...

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    Pre-.Medicare.... ROFL!!!!

  • BlancheD

    Just came to say I love your screen name ?
    Ashe ??

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    That's what big mama said when she was talking to the other ladies and I was being nosey by going black ops and crawling on the floor to listen by the door.

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    Yeah...I did not get enough sleep to have any chill today. So I'm going to refrain from commenting much as I am super mean and petty when I'm tired. I hope the burn victims heal.

  • Auditor

    Lol shoot if she was like my granny...she prolly did it before! Lol

  • felinelurker

    Nicole is it! Honey she had me 2-3 yrs ago when we had a thunderstorm & she said "you need to just get somewhere & sit down" LIVE??? Baybee!

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    I mean...REALLY!

    I felt like I was reading Zane: The Poligrip Edition...Forbidden Fruit.

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    You saying his priorities not prioritized? Lol!!!

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Eggsactly! Need to be more worried about her well being instead of listening to the throes of passion betwixt another mayne and his. He need to be more worried about social security.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    And this is where this story ends.

    I shan't.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Good Morning.

    I need more info on this story. Only thing out is he threw scalding water on consenting adults. No mama interviews.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Did you throw "the head nod" when you typed word? ?...?

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Well, it's been 7 years of "no"...

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    I mean do they really want that stress. Obama been in 7 years, and while still handsome he has aged. Who wants them digging up how they punched someone in third grade. That's what I meant. Should have been more clearer.

  • iWasteTime

    Good Morning Roses!
    Happy any excuse to Get Wasted Day!

    Dude look like he sweet in that mug shot ...
    How do those men know his girl? She was renting her chit out?

    Sandra: EBT said Time not Yet Here threatened Russy Russ? Any trth to that?

  • It’s Taurus Season

    YES. Her, Fred Shropshire, and his wife Sheyenne Rodriguez used to have me in tears. They used to inject what I call blackism on the sly. ?

    We was tambout Moose downstairs last night. Chile?. Come through Sheriff Butler

  • Just Keya

    If that fool really threatened him, he is the dumbest person ever. He just don't know when to quit. Clown. TIP! Come get ya friend. He STILL in his emotions. #HarrisHandbook #Chapter1 #TipLogic

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Good Morning! The burned young man is the son of the older man's girlfriend.

    Future threatened Russell?? Wouldn't surprise me if he did. Him & Chris Brown got permanent seats at the Bitter Exes table. He stay salty.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Nope! Too early for your hashtags! ? No hashtags till 10am!

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Future so bitter. Don't be made cuz she upgraded and you still dealing in groupies.

  • YES I SAID IT…

    Yeah U right, I need more info too. I really want to hear from the mother bcuz I'm sure if we hear her side, we can get down to how long the boyfriend been teasing him or calling names for being g*y b4 he decided to throw bowling hot water on him

  • Just Keya

    Oh and whoever that was in my mentions asking me if there were no black people qualified to be appointed by Obama yesterday, the answer is no apparently not. This man can work both sides of the isle and was the MOST qualified. Now y'all scream racism when white people only pick white people. So how y'all think Obama can only pick Black people?! Please miss me with the foolishness and the one track thinking. Thanks.

  • Just Keya

    You know I was too happy to pull my hashtags out. Lol

  • felinelurker

    Yes, them, Tamara Gibbs, Tisha Powell, the reason Mr loves to watch ABC11- so many of "us"!

  • Just Keya

    #MenDontMoveOnEmotions #TipToldYall #TipLogic #ReadYourHarrisHandbook

  • It’s Taurus Season

    Happy any excuse to Get Waster Day!
    ^^^^^
    Today Imma be Black Irish like Bernie Mac in Charlie's Angels

  • Just Keya

    *makes a plate and has a seat and waits for MOD's petty*

  • iWasteTime

    Good Morn Glow!
    Thanks for the education!

  • Rachel

    The boyfriend of the mother was dead wrong for the hot water. HOWEVER the son look like he is old enough to get his own place. Ain't nothing wrong with you staying with your mom, but when you bringing company home to lay up and bust nuts you needs to be in your own place.

  • iWasteTime

    #HarrisHandbook #Chapter1 #TipLogic
    --------------------------
    Phucking Dead!
    Take your azz right back to sleep!!

  • Just Keya

    Nope. I'm about to make some French toast and cheese eggs and sit with yall

  • It’s Taurus Season

    I MISS Fred (with his fine ass) and Sheyenne. A lot man. I love ABC11 too.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    You know we need a thesaurus for when the KANG speaks.

  • Just Keya

    Chile yes. He is so worldly educated and well versed in everything. *rolls eyes* lmao

  • iWasteTime

    #MenDontMoveOnEmotions #TipToldYall #TipLogic #ReadYourHarrisHandbook
    -------------------------------
    How I missed these though

  • Just Keya

    Dead. That will never be old to me. Ever! It's so funny to me.

  • That’s Interesting

    Lol....well, he is old. And look at him, he looks SO MEAN and repressed.

  • THE OLDER SISTAH

    Just ran in here for a minute. @Keya, I agree with everything you said and would like to add a little more. The man was on President Obama's short list two times before but got beat out by Sotomayor and Kagin. It's his turn. Not only that but for all of US who feel that President Obama should overlook the most qualified and choose based on color ...HOW VERY WHITE OF YOU. (sarcasm)
    Have a great day everyone!

  • Just Keya

    All of this! Thank you!!

  • SameoleJ

    So you woke up happy, read your mentions and got pissed off. Did you at least eat first? I need my girl healthy and chunky, please and thank you!! Oh and Good Morning and Stuff!!

  • Just Keya

    I'm about to make some French toast and cheese eggs! So I can be full and happy lmao. Good morning to you too.

  • SameoleJ

    #THEREISAREMEDIALCOURSE

  • SameoleJ

    At this point, I think Feliz Navidad is beating out ALL the Bitter Exes for head of that table. He is the only one who has a pending lawsuit and is still acting out.....well after Curtsey (Curtis)

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Lol too young lucy!!!

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    New post

  • Just Keya

    For parents making Easter baskets, did y'all start hem yet?

  • iWasteTime

    Yes and i didn't get a basket I got him a fitted and am filling it! I got the tissue paper as the "grass" You can do it with a open umbrella too #ShoutOutToPinterest

  • SameoleJ

    I found character baskets at WalMart for grandboys: Mickey for the 11/2 year old, Olaf for the 2 year old and Iron Man for the 4 year old.

  • Mel

    Hold up he living in the guy's mama apt man that ain't eem your child.sounds like a jealous rage to me ?

  • candy

    Everyone is saying dude is old. However according to the write up it says he is only 48. Is this a typo because he looks more like 68.

  • Amel

    Thats so sad.

  • Amel

    There are a few facts when bail is granted, not just the severity of the crime. For example the judge may see this man as a flight risk who wont return for trial.

  • mela.reign77

    That's so sad, the photo of the guy crying breaks my heart. Just because you don't agree with something that doesn't mean you have to hurt people. Take yourself out of the situation, get your own space. I pray for a speedy recovery for both of them.

  • LeBrick James

    He doesnt like gay men... but he's gonna be getting a whole lot of attention from them in prison.

  • OSHH

    Precisely.

  • SameoleJ

    He showed signs and more than likely made comments on his dislike/disgust of the son's lifestyle. The mother chose to ignore it and now her "man" is in jail and her "man child" is injured. That was not the boyfriend's place to take the time to wait for hot water to boil and still want to toss it on someone, he was planning this for a minute. This was not a knee jerk reaction.

  • BLOODBLOOD

    D a m n

  • Peter Piper ATL

    I doubt it. He's old and looks it. Prison inmates tend to want something young and supple. This man ain't that.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Thanks :)

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    Ostrich feather coats for days!!!???

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    You better hit em with that L&O??

  • Peter Piper ATL

    And he NEEDS to be sent to federal prison because throwing hot water on someone because they're gay and sleeping in a bed is a hate crime.

    I hope the mother isn't gonna stick by this creep. And I'm sure some of you are gonna turn this into a discussion about this kid's lifestyle but that is utterly besides the point! I'm sure some of you anti-gay folks would have an issue if the scalding water was poured on an ole whore-mongering heterosexual couple laying in a bed!

    Send this fool to prison and let's see him try and throw some hot water on those big muscle bound gay dudes in the pen.

  • stanhope

    This is why you secret a knife under the pillow or close at hand. Old dude would have gone out singing soprano.

  • Renay Peters

    So.....what the problem is? Get your own place with all dat!

  • Peter Piper ATL

    The problem is he poured scalding hot water over two individuals who neither threatened him nor assaulted him.

    Secondly, I'm sure he didn't just realize his girlfriend's son was gay. So he could have set ground rules down without having to resort to throwing scalding hot water on anybody.

    Lastly, girl I'm sorry but honey you sound ignorant as hell. Why don't you send him a postcard in the pen, where he's heading?

  • LuLu

    Yeah, I ain't with the lifestyle at all, but that's just cruel.

  • Peter Piper ATL

    And the shade is he looks gay himself. Wonder if ole stepdad was just mad that he wasn't getting any dangalang himself?

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    ??? Really!

  • 88

    I'm on the fence about this.....if you wanna be grown and lay up gay or straight gtfo of your mothers home and get your own place.

  • yallcrazy

    That's evil as hell. He has the right not to be around it though. Should've just told him you can't live here

  • SpiceGirl

    I think his mother should be held accountable in some sorta way.....Its your son who is Gay...your Boyfriend doesnt like "gays" she should have known that....she put her son in harms way IMO

  • the guest

    Throwing boiling water on someone is vile. Just plain vile.

  • Meme81

    If you're disgusted with someone's lifestyles, then remove yourself from their presence. I guess taking his girlfriend back to his home wasn't an option. I guess he didn't consider shakin' up with a girlfriend instead of a wife is objectionable to some people too.

  • Saywhatnow?

    hateful bastard.

  • stanley

    I don't get it... Didn't they know their friend's boyfriend was homophobic? They should of known not to bring that around him.

  • Renee Bee

    Just you wait. As soon as our good President gets the hell up out of that House of Pain. He is going to get that snap back. His hair is going to go back black and he will be at peace. I will miss him and the first family, but I can't wait till he give the duces.

  • Deno Spencer

    Good point though as they do say psychologically self hate manifest itself this way

  • lovelygamour

    boyfriends move in and help with bills all the time. i dont see why she let her son stay in that environment. i think the man was paying some bills and thats why the son put up with that. i know that wasnt the first time he said gay.

  • IDontThinkSo

    Very sad. But for real, get out of your mother's house if you want to lay up - be it with a man or a woman. This way you have privacy. You know ol' dude didn't like you. Lock doors much?

  • IDontThinkSo

    Article said they all lived there together. Maybe her name was on the lease but old boy was paying some or all of the rent (which may be why he felt entitled to call the shots).

    But dude set himself up by laying up in his mother's place, door unlocked, with a man he had to know hated him. He was prolly flaunting like: "This my mama's house..." #gotcomfortableinthewrongplace