WeHo Man Attacked By Group Yelling Racial And Gay Slurs
A 31-year-old man was brazenly attacked on the street in West Hollywood by a group of men who he says were shouting racial and gay slurs at him early Tuesday morning.
Don Brooks told CBS Los Angeles that he was he was walking to his home alone around 2 a.m. after commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with his friends. When he reached the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, a group of men pulled up to him in a white Audi SUV and began shouting homophobic and racial slurs at him, Brooks said. He told them to leave him alone, but then the three passengers got out of their car to attack him.
In the attack that seemed to last less than a minute, Brooks told KTLA that one of the men shoved him and pushed him to the ground. His head smashed on the pavement before they all fled in their car.
“My whole shirt was covered in blood,” Brooks told CBS Los Angeles. “I couldn’t figure out where I was bleeding from because it was all over my hands, and all over my shirt front and back.”
He ended up getting rushed to the hospital where he received stitches for a large gash on the back of his head.
Brooks described the suspects as a group of Armenian men in their mid to late 20s. L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. deputies are searching for the men, and said that this is the first hate crime of the year in West Hollywood.
Anyone with information regarding this attack is urged to contact deputies at (310) 855-8850.