Seattle Hate Crime Leaves Man Unconcious With Broken Bones, Fractured Eye Socket

130805_Jason_Jacobs_350Despite a growing number of anti-gay attacks creeping into mainstream headlines around the country, Seattle resident Jason Jacobs said he never expected to be the target of a hate crime.

That is, until just after midnight yesterday, when he was chased in his home neighborhood of Capitol Hill and mercilessly beaten unconscious by a homophobic mob of three men and two women. The 37-year-old told KIRO News that they began taunting him because he was wearing a pink shirt and shoes.

The attack left Jacobs with a broken nose, two busted ribs, a fractured eye socket, and several upcoming surgeries to repair the damage. “I feel unsafe in my own neighborhood,” he said.

What’s more troubling is Jacobs’ claim that the attack happened within eyeshot of a nearby Starbucks, which at the time was still open and serving customers. Of several that allegedly witnessed the attack, only one man notified the police.

Neither men could give a description of the assailants, but Jacobs is hopeful. “Hopefully somebody saw something,” he said. “Hopefully we can get some justice.”

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  • Stache1

    “the attack happened within eyeshot of a nearby Starbucks, which at the time was still open and serving customers “.

    Someone saw this happening. This happened right out in public view. That Hopefully, they’ll come forward soon.

  • randallreynolds

    Blame Religion. Become an Atheist. Help end bigotry brought on by ancient superstition.

    My thoughts go out to Jason Jacobs for a speedy recovery.

  • Brian

    Blame women. Women were involved in this homophobic attack. If a woman attacks you physically because you’re a gay man, don’t be afraid to defend yourself. Defend yourself by hitting back if she attacks you first.

  • wakeupscreaming

    Oh great, more anti-religion comments, even though the report says nothing about religion.

    Many cities these days are like airports — people come and go, everyones a stranger. Social capital bottoms out, I blame capitalism.

  • 2eo

    @randallreynolds: Sadly we are still massively outnumbered in the public, shame the world doesn’t run on morality and by the more intelligent or we’d be quids in.

  • blackhook

    The story is in error. That Starbucks on Olive Way – known locally as “Gaybucks” – is open till 11:00. The attack happened just after midnight …so it wasn’t Starbucks patrons that witnessed the crime. That area of Cap Hill is very densely-populated, and it’s likely that pedestrians may have seen what happened.

  • standingupfortruthnow

    He lied about his injuries. Only a broken nose. He was only out of the bar for 5 minutes when he was attacked and found. Yet no one saw anything the witness only saw a drunk guy with a bloody nose. He has made 3 other claims of gay discrimination or bashing in the past 3 months. He also has gotten black eyes and facial injuries from 3 other drunken falls…one he claimed to be a bashing. He is always drunk and at the center of attention. He is a bad example of a gay man. sadly a negative impact on the gay community.

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