Santa Barbara police are continuing to investigate a brutal New Year's Eve attack on two men believed to have been targeted because the assailants thought they were gay.
As the Santa Barbara Independent is reporting, the two victims, whose names have not been published, were confronted by three men, who have been described as skinheads, at about 1:45 a.m. outside a popular city nightspot on Sunday. After one suspect made a derogatory gay comment, the three proceeded to punch the victims, one of whom suffered a broken jaw and a severe head injury that required staples to close.
Grainy amateur video of the attack, which is being treated as a hate crime, has been released. "Hate crimes like these will not be tolerated and those responsible will be held accountable," local police chief Cam Sanchez said in a statement.