WEST HOLLYWOOD, California — Deputies sought the public’s help Tuesday in locating three men accused of committing what they called a hate crime that left a 31-year-old man bloodied and needing staples to his scalp.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the attack happened around 2 am Tuesday at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue.
The victim, Don Brooks, said he was walking home alone, after commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with friends when he became the victim of a hate crime.
“It’s like one second I was crossing the street,” Brooks said. “The next second, I was on the ground bleeding crazily from the back of my head.”
He explained a group of three men pulled up in a car, and shouted gay and racial slurs toward him. In response, Brooks told the group of men to leave him alone; at which time, they jumped out of their vehicle and attacked him, the Sheriff’s Department said.
“One of the guys charged me, shoved me and knocked me to the ground,” Brooks said. “They hit the back of my head, and then they hopped in the car and sped off.”
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