A gay homeless man was severely beaten near Hancock Park early Friday morning after he told his attacker that he was gay, homeless and had AIDS, as first reported by the LA Weekly.
The suspect, a white male, called the victim anti-gay discriminatory names and proceeded to "beat him up pretty bad with his hands and feet," Richard French of the Los Angeles Police Department told The Huffington Post. Police are investigating the case as a gay hate crime.
The victim, a white male in his mid-30s, collapsed and was taken to the hospital in critical condition. The alleged hate crime took place just before 1 a.m. on the sidewalk of the 100 block of N. Mansfield Avenue.
Another suspected gay hate crime took place in May in Echo Park. Two mid-20s men were called anti-gay slurs and then stabbed, although both survived. The attack was caught on tape, and a $25,000 reward has been offered for information regarding the suspects, who are still at large.
No other information is currently available about the suspect or victim of the Hancock Park beating. Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the Hollywood Homicide Detectives at 213-972-2967.
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