Police: Man punched, shoved victim in alleged hate crime

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SEATTLE — Police arrested a 57-year-old man Thursday evening for allegedly physically assaulting another man while uttering racial slurs.

Officers were called around 10 p.m. to a shelter in the 500 block of 3rd Avenue with report of two men fighting. When police arrived, they spoke with the adult male victim, who said the suspect had thrown punches at him and slammed him against a bus.

The victim, who is black, told officers that the suspect had used racial slurs during the assault, police said. The victim told police he believed he had been targeted because of his race.

The suspect was arrested nearby and booked into the King County Jail on investigation of malicious harassment — otherwise known as a hate crime.

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  • Frank D.

    Thaut is impossible the homeless are as gentle as lambs. Lets move tent city to the Lauralhurst area or the Broadmore area……I am sure they would welcome them with open arms and they can share their riches with them as well….lol

  • Jim Kelly

    I’ve encountered several racist “street people”! I was on the bus going downtown yesterday and some vagrant yelled “white power” as he stepped off the bus the stench of alcohol from his breath made a bigger statement than his courageous tribalism!

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