Anti-Gay Hate Crime in Columbia Heights

This is the second hate crime in two days

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012  |  Updated 7:29 AM EDT
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A group of unknown suspects attacked and robbed a man on Monday night in Columbia Heights and Police have determined it was a hate crime. NBC4's Darcy Spencer spoke with the victims partner.

Darcy Spencer

A group of unknown suspects attacked and robbed a man on Monday night in Columbia Heights and Police have determined it was a hate crime. NBC4's Darcy Spencer spoke with the victims partner.

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A gay man was brutally beaten on Monday night after stepping out of a taxi in Columbia Heights.

The attack happened around 9:15 pm on Monday night on Georgia Avenue. The 29-year-old victim says the homophobic remarks began as he stepped out of a taxi.

It wasn't long before the suspects assaulted him. The victim managed to call his partner for help during the attack, but the suspects turned off his phone.

The victims jaw was shattered into two pieces before he was attacked again and dragged along the sidewalk. The suspects stole the victim’s iPhone, iPad, and wallet. He is still in the hospital.

Police call the attack a hate crime. This is the second attack of this nature in Columbia Heights in two days.

The victim says Georgia Avenue was crowded with cars and people at the time of the attack and his partner asks any witnesses to come forward.

"I think it's the right thing to do...finding justice for what happened" the victim's partner said.

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