Two men were stabbed in Echo Park last week in what could be ultimately considered a hate crime, and a suspect was captured on video.
The LAPD yesterday uploaded two security video clips of the confrontation (after the jump), stating that a suspect is heard calling out, "You guys are fucking faggots," before he walks away with two associates.
It all happened ...
... at Echo Park Avenue and Montana Street -- near a hipster stretch of Sunset Boulevard that includes The Echo club -- shortly after midnight on Thursday, May 24, according to the LAPD's Northeast Division.
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According to Northeast's YouTube statement, the suspect ...
... walks away with his 2 associates, then runs back toward the Victims waiting for a bus and stabs Victim-1 in the abdomen ...
Then he ...
... is running south on Echo Park. He stops, takes a fighting stance, and as Victim-2 approaches, stabs Victim-2 in the midsection, striking the hip bone.
A friend of one of the victims blogged that her pal has a rainbow sticker on his bike. She says the suspect was "saying really awful homophobic slurs:"
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Brian was stabbed in his stomach, right above his belly button. He is alive and discharged, as this luckily didn't hit anything vital. Our other friend (name withheld) was stabbed in his hip, so hard, it fractured his pelvis. He is still recovering in the hospital.
We tried to get more info from both the LAPD's Northeast Division and LAPD Media Relations so we could help the cops do their jobs and find the culprit, but they were absolutely no help to the second most read news publication in Los Angeles.
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