Three Latino men attacked a gay African-American man in West Hollywood, Calif., early Tuesday morning in a possible double hate crime, according to a statement by Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, LA Weekly reports.
According to local deputies, the men, who were in a SUV, yelled racial and anti-gay slurs at the victim before one of the men got out of the car and punched the victim in the face. The attack caused him to fall backward and lose consciousness.
"...The victim exited a bus at the intersection of Fairfax Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood. As he was walking northbound, crossing Santa Monica Boulevard., he saw a white Audi Q4, facing southbound, waiting for him to cross the street," the statement reads. "As he neared the curb, he heard the occupants yell numerous slurs related to his race and sexual orientation. The victim is African-American.
"The suspects parked and got out of the Audi and approached the victim on foot. When the victim stopped to address the suspects, he was punched in the face," the statement continues.
He was brought to a hospital and treated.
The three men fled the scene, however, and are currently on the loose. Local authorities want to speak to the suspects about the attack, in what could be a double hate crime and an assault, LA Weekly writes.
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