By Tim Fitzsimons
Salt Lake City police have identified the suspect in a suspected hate crime captured by the camera over the weekend.
The reported attack occurred early Sunday morning in downtown Salt Lake City, just three blocks south of the Salt Lake Temple, the center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sal Trejo, 29, said he was leaving a bar when he overheard someone nearby talking on the phone about standing near a gay man.
"It started by approaching us out of the blue and making homophobic and misogynistic comments to our group," Trejo wrote in a statement posted on Twitter . , Trejo then said he had begun to record a video of the "intoxicated man" who "continued to beat me and push one of our girlfriends."
A video trejo posted on Twitter shows a young man asking him, "Are you gay?", The Trejo who left the camera can answer, "Oh, I am." The man then says, "Alright, you're gay," as he hits a beat.
"We immediately called the police," Trejo said in his Twitter statement. "Then he pulled out a knife and pointed it at us while he kept calling us fagots, and then he ran away, got into his car (in his intoxicated state), and hit the city railroad until he had left Main Street  According to Detective Greg Wilking of the Salt Lake City Police Department, the police have contacted the suspect.
"We hope he comes in and talks to us, but we have no plans in stone," Wilkings said. The police refused to release the suspect's name.
Wilkings said the department is still trying to talk to the witnesses involved and track down all available surveillance videos in the area.
Whether the crime is "compounded." "with hate crimes," says Wilkings. "It's being investigated as a possible hate crime, but obviously we have to do our job and investigate where it leads us."
Senator Derek Kitchen, gay and representing Ward 2, which covers downtown Salt Lake City, where the attack took place, said, "Hate crimes are especially bad because they have two victims: the person being attacked, and also the community they represent. "
"Our current law on hate crimes does not count." "Prejudice" or "hatred" and does not include the specific groups to be protected, "said Kitchen." We need a law on hate crime that actually works. It is time for Utah leaders to work harder for the LGBTQ + community. "
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