Authorities in Salt Lake City Investigating Whether Beating of 2 Gay Men Was Hate Crime

SALT LAKE CITY — Prosecutors say they are considering hate crime charges in the December beating of two gay men in Salt Lake City.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said Wednesday that he takes seriously allegations that the two men were attacked because of their sexual orientation, and his office is reviewing the assault case.

The victims say two men yelled gay slurs and made explicit sexual references before punching them and throwing them to the ground on Dec. 21. Rusty Andrade says he was outside his home saying goodbye to friend Maxwell Christen after a holiday party when two men appeared and attacked them.

Police told The Salt Lake Tribune (http://bit.ly/13LEXqs) two suspects from Wyoming later returned to the scene, but no one has yet been arrested in the case.


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