Shortly before 2:00 a.m. last Saturday night, Seattle police responded to a call from the Filipino Community Center in the Rainier Valley, where a man says he was targeted and attacked for being gay, according to a police report.
When officers arrived, the victim, a black man in his early 20s, said he and his female friend had left the community center to grab something from her vehicle. Upon returning to the building, two men (neither Filipino) in their earlier 20s confronted the man. The men—one of whom the victim knew as a friend of his cousin—trapped the victim between two cars, and they "then punched the victim with closed fists on both sides of the victim's face," the report says. "Then both suspects began to yell at the victim and stated 'You gay motherfucker.'"
Security staff working for an event inside the community center responded to the assault and apprehended the man that the victim knew. The second man, the police report says, fled the scene while yelling, "I wanna beat your ass, you gay ass motherfucker."
The victim "believes both suspects were aware that he was homosexual," the police report says, and "thinks that the only reason that he was assaulted is because he is homosexual." The victim reported that he was "in pain from the assault" but did not accept medical attention.
Despite a witness's statement to the contrary, the captured suspect "denied that he punched the victim," the report concludes. Officers booked the suspect into jail and requested that prosecutors charge him with a misdemeanor for malicious harassment.