Gay man, friends attacked in SLC; police locate suspect

Early Sunday morning, a gay man filmed his own homophobic attack outside a bar in downtown Salt Lake City.

In the eight-second video posted to Twitter, the suspect appears to have either slapped or punched Sal Trejo after he asked Trejo if he was gay. However, not captured in the video, the assailant also shoved one of Trejo’s female friends and pulled out a knife.

Trejo also added a statement of what occurred on Twitter in which he wrote: “It started with him approaching us out of the blue and making homophobic and misogynistic comments towards our group. We started recording him and asked him to leave, and then went in to hit me and shove one of our girlfriends.

The Salt Lake Lake police have since found the suspect and say he is “cooperating fully with the investigation,” and police are investigating it as a possible hate crime, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

“As somebody who believes strongly in everybody’s equal rights, and as somebody who is very proudly gay — I never hide that part of me — it’s sad that it happened to me and my friends,” Trejo told the Tribune in an interview. “But I’m glad that it did in the sense that we can share our story and hopefully shed some light on this and get something happening to protect people.”

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