Police: Search for six suspects in various hate crimes over the weekend continues
SEATTLE — Police are looking for six outstanding suspects who allegedly participated in two of three hate crimes reported over Pride! weekend.
Around 2 a.m. Sunday, two men were near the intersection of Pike Street and Boylston Avenue when they were approached by three men, one Asian female, and a black woman, Seattle police said. One of the victims was sitting on the street, police reported, when he was suddenly hit in the hand. When the victim asked one of the suspects what he was doing, the suspect allegedly said “we’re celebrating Pride, too,” followed by an anti-gay slur.
The suspect then punched the victim in the face, knocking him down. The victim’s boyfriend jumped in, police said, but was knocked to the ground by two other suspects in the group. The suspects then allegedly kicked the victims as they lay on the pavement.
One of the victims suffered a broken nose and other injuries during the assault. His boyfriend lost a tooth and possibly broke his hand, police said.
The victims described the three attackers as a black man wearing blue jeans and a white shirt, a black man with white jeans, and a white male with blonde hair. The men were accompanied by two women. Th group ran from the scene before police could arrive.
Fifteen hours later, police said, officers received a report of malicious harassment downtown. The victim flagged down officers in the 1900 block of Westlake Avenue where he was reportedly approached by a man with a gun. The man used a homophobic slur at the victim, police said, and pointed something at the victim and asked him, “Is your life worth that much?”
Police contacted the 23-year-old suspect, who allegedly used an anti-gay slur while referring to the victim. He was booked into the King County Jail for a hate crime attacks. No weapon was found on him.
A short time later around 8:45 p.m., a transgender victim was attacked by a man and woman near the intersection of Yale Avenue and Denny Way. According to police, the victim was walking home when someone asked, “did you enjoy the parade,” followed by an anti-gay slur. The male suspect allegedly punched the victim in the face and the woman jumped on the victim’s back.
The victim called 911 and received medical attention at the scene. Police later located a 35-year-old man and booked him into King County Jail. Police are still looking for the female suspect in this crime.
Anyone who has any additional information on these incidents is encouraged to call 911.