A man walking home was attacked in Midtown Sunday night in what police suspect to be a hate crime. 

At D and 20th Street, at 10:13 p.m., a man in his 40s was approached by a man who came up from behind and made derogatory statements using gay slurs, according to the Sacramento Police Department. The suspect was described as a black man, between 28 and 34 years old, 5’10”, with a heavy build and wearing a dark green T-shirt and blue jeans.

A second suspect hit the victim in the lower extremity with a bat while using derogatory slurs, the SPD reported. The victim was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. The bat-wielding suspect was described as a white man between 28 and 34 years old, 5’10”, with a medium build and wearing a dark colored T-shirt and pants.

SPD Spokeswoman Michelle Gigante said such hate-motivated crimes are uncommon in Midtown, and aren’t tolerated. "I don’t think we’ve had anything that brazen in a long time," she said. "We shouldn’t have this at all – we’ve got complete zero tolerance for anything like this." 

This crime follows the fatal beating of a man in Midtown in the early morning hours of St. Patrick’s Day. 

Police are urging any witnesses from both incidents to come forward to help solve the crimes. Witnesses can phone the SPD communications center at (916) 264-5471 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.