KSTP anchor returning to work after being hit in the head with a rock at light-rail station

Prosecutors are calling this a bias-motivated crime.
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The Twin Cities TV news anchor who was hit in the head with a rock while waiting at a light-rail station is on the mend, and he'll return to work on Thursday.

Matt Belanger, who is the mid-day anchor on KSTP, provided an update on Facebook Wednesday about his recovery, saying his eye is "getting better every day." 

"My vision is still a little blurry, but is improving," Belanger wrote. "Even once my eye fully heals, I’ll still be at increased risk of complications like cataracts and glaucoma for the rest of my life."

"I’m really looking forward to rejoining my friend and colleague Leah McLean on the anchor desk," the post said. 

Belanger was on his way to work, waiting at the Nicollet Mall light-rail station, at about 8:50 a.m. on May 12 when someone threw a rock at his head. He sustained a significant injury to his left eye

Vennie Williams, 39, is charged with third-degree assault and harassment in connection to the incident. The harassment charge stems from the attack being motivated by bias against what he believed Belanger's sexual orientation to be. The charges against Williams say after he was arrested he said he assaulted Belanger because he perceived he is homosexual.

"I've been deeply touched by the outpouring of support I’ve received from around the world," Belanger wrote in the post. "I’ve heard from others who were attacked, friends from my past wishing me well and strangers from other countries who just wanted to say they’re praying for me.

"I keep replaying the moments of the attack in my mind," he wrote, "but hearing from all of the people who are supporting me right now helps me to keep my fear in check."

He also said he is thankful for Metro Transit police, his doctors and the Hennepin County Attorney's Office working on the case. 

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