Man assaulted with bat in Midtown hate crime

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.

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March 18, 2013 | 11:05 AM

Damn. What the hell happened in Midtown this weekend? Did we forget that we’re supposed to be living in a society here (Thanks, Costanza)?

March 18, 2013 | 1:01 PM

Karen, Thanks for posting this article so quickly! Faster than the SacBee, and with a hella lot more information! SacramentoPress.com is definitely the source for local news FIRST! (You can use this slogan in your next ad campaign.)

March 18, 2013 | 1:48 PM

Very disturbing that this happens anywhere in Sacramento but in this quiet residential/industrial neighborhood is even more concerning.

March 19, 2013 | 3:52 AM

Very disturbing how often people are getting beaten, robbed and murdered in our quiet residential/industrial neighborhood.

March 18, 2013 | 3:49 PM

How terrible! I have a couple of clients and sometimes teach in that area, it is normally such a quiet, peaceful and beautiful neighborhood, some might even say tight-knit. It is very scary and disturbing to think that I could or may have crossed paths with this awful person at some point.

March 18, 2013 | 4:09 PM

Though Homophobes have gone underground to their own closets, if you will, they are among us and their HATE is real and very dangerous unfortunately.

March 26, 2013 | 1:15 PM

You are ALL right, except when you’re not. Let’s let the facts tell the story. Meanwhile, I still believe you are safe from bat-wielding midtowners, unless you are intoxicated in public and start an altercation with our residents…In which case, throw in some anti -gay epithets in your report to the police.

March 27, 2013 | 9:12 PM

No bat-wielding haters, just a drunk/tweeker looking to start trouble with midtown residents on his way home from the bar. Apperantley the gentleman was upset when he was stopped from assaulting another midtowner and decided to call the police. Looks like the only hater was the drunk guy.

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