(EDGE) A MAGA hat-wearing man hurled anti-LGBTQ abuse at people outside a rolling skating rink in San Francisco and, when challenged, used a sword to slash a man, reports NBC News.
The suspect was harassing people on the evening of March 29, media reports said. He was caught on a security camera outside The Church of 8 Wheels, the NBC report detailed, and in the video, he can be seen wearing "a red hat," the on-screen reporter says, as well as "a vest, and a sword sticking out from the back of his clothing."
The attack took place shortly before 10 pm, the news report specified. The alleged assailant had been shouting abuse at people as they entered and departed the rink.
The MAGA swordsman was pursued around the block by his alleged victim after he slashed the man's hand with the sword, the reporter said, but then the victim — who was bleeding heavily — "ran out of gas and collapsed."
"I don't think he realized how bad he got cut, because he chased this guy almost a full block down the street," the rink's owner, David Miles Jr., told NBC. "He was just bleeding like a horse."
The man was taken to a hospital with what the San Francisco Chronicle described as "non-life-threatening injuries."
Another man, identified as Scott Sweeney, told the Chronicle that the man also hurled anti-LGBTQ abuse at him. Sweeney noticed the MAGA hat and the sword, but, he said, "In my mind, I didn't think it was a real sword until we came out later and police were on the scene and there was blood and the hat on the ground."
Sweeney was credited with a photo of a "Make America Great Again" hat seen lying on the pavement that the Chronicle ran with the story.
Hate crimes, in general, have spiked since the 2016 elections, with LGBTQs — and trans women of color in particular — taking the brunt of the violence. A recent study conducted by a pair of professors from the University of North Texas shows that hate crimes soared by 226% in counties where Donald Trump appeared at campaign rallies, as compared to counties where Trump rallies did not take place.