“As we were walking up, a car started following slowly behind us. It was a BMW honking its horn. It was just making us uncomfortable really,” the boyfriend of the victim of an anti-gay hate crime in Atlanta recounts to the GA Voice.
The couple had just had dinner at popular gay-owned restaurant Campagnolo and were on their way to get desert at Cafe Intermezzo when the incident began.
They ignored the car’s honks, but the suspects inside started calling them faggots, and one hopped out and assaulted the victim, pushing him into oncoming traffic.
“I didn’t know what happened at that time, all I know is [the victim] is in the street,” the boyfriend says. “It all happened so fast. He was yelling ‘I’m a Mexican! I’m a Mexican!’ which makes no sense. He was pumping his chest.”
The attack was caught on nearby security cameras, and thanks to the boyfriend’s cell phone video, police have identified the car the suspects were driving in.
Unfortunately, police haven’t made solid headway on identifying the suspect, a development that frustrates the couple.
“We were told they talked to the guy and they said he doesn’t know the passenger, and that he picked the guy up on one block and dropped him off on another,” the boyfriend says. “It’s crazy to me saying, ‘I don’t know the passenger in my car who beat up that guy.’ It’s just crazy, I don’t believe it.”
The Atlanta Police Department’s official statement is:
“The suspect has not been identified at this time,” said APD spokeswoman Elizabeth Espy. “We do not know with certainty that the parties knew each other or had just met. We ask that anyone with information to please call CRIME STOPPERS Atlanta. 404-577-TIPS.”
Below are the two videos taken during the attack:
h/t GA Voice