2 Seattle Men Charged With Felony Gay Bashing

Meet Abdinasir A. Ahmed and Adnan Basher Osman (yes, Basher is his middle name), two suspects accused of attacking another man in a January assault outside the the Filipino Community Center in Seattle.

The man told detectives he was walking with friends when two men — identified in charging documents as Adnan Basher Osman, 22, and Abdinasir A. Ahmed, 21 — jumped him on a path outside the center. As Osman and Ahmed punched him, they yelled anti-gay epithets, the man told officers.

Osman was arrested at the scene, while Ahmed was able to escape before police arrived, according to charging documents. In the weeks that followed, the man told police he had heard Ahmed telling others he planned to kill him because of his sexual orientation. “The victim reported to the police that in his Somali culture, gay men are stoned to death for being gay,” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Michael T.J. Hogan said in court documents. “The victim is so fearful he has stopped attending his mosque, required by his faith.”

Both men have been charged with “malicious harassment,” which is what Washington State’s hate crime charges fall under.