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Anti-Gay Attack Reported in Austin, TX

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A Texas man says he was the victim of a hate-motivated assault over the weekend.

Bobby Beltran says that as he was leaving a gay club along West 4th Street in Downtown Austin over the weekend, he was attacked by five strangers who jumped out of a vehicle and onto him.

BELTRAN: “The guy jumps out of his car, parks it in the middle of the street, and then surrounded us pretty much in a circle, and just took turns swinging and punching and kicking.”

As the five men reportedly took turns assaulting Beltran and his friend, Chris Ortega, Beltran says – in survival mode – he fought back.

But the 26-year-old victim says the Sunday morning assault has left him traumatized. He believes that the streets of Austin, even gay-friendly 4th Street, aren’t safe right now. He points out that during this attack, several on lookers stood by doing nothing.

Late Monday Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo spoke with OutQ News about the ongoing investigation.

ACEVEDO: “It appears that the gentlemen jumped out of the vehicle and actually used some derogatory term, yelling out ‘faggot’ as he and his friends were involed in this altercation. And it’s something we’re taking very seriously, and we’re not going to tolerate.”

He says that despite the attack, Austin is still one of the safest cities for gays and lesbians.

ACEVEDO: “I think it’s especially important for the gay, lesbian, transgendered and bisexual community to know that Austin is a very friendly city, it’s a very welcoming city, and it’s a very tolerant city. I can tell you that we don’t like it when these things happen, we take them seriously, and hopefully we’ll catch a break and catch these folks.”

Acevedo says the department is looking for video surveillance footage from any nearby businesses that may offer clues about what could be Austin’s third hate crime of the year. APD is also asking the community for information regarding the suspects.

-Joseph Fenity in Austin

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Written by OutQ News staff

December 28, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Posted in Crime, Law, Youth

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  1. Very well written and investigated. I commend your ability to stay impartial on an issue such as this.

    Ken

    January 1, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    • yes we must always tell both sides of the story when a gang of thugs descends on its prey. I’m sure the thugs have compelling reasons behind their blind hatred of teh gay

      Patrick

      January 2, 2011 at 10:38 AM

  2. It’s heartbreaking…and depressing… to see this sort of thing happening anywhere, let alone a liberal place like Austin.

    Sebastian White

    January 1, 2011 at 4:21 PM

  3. This is so unfortunate! Austin is such a great diverse city with so many good people.

    Wow! Joe, you covered this story very clear and precise.
    Hearing what happened from Bobby about his horrible experience is frightening to know this happened in Austin.
    Kudos to Police Chief Art Acevedo’s for his concerns and comments.

    Patricia

    January 1, 2011 at 6:02 PM

  4. Terrible to hear about this. Austin is a wonderful city that’s usually a safe haven for the LGBT community. It does sound like the APD is taking this seriously, which is a good thing.

    MM

    January 1, 2011 at 6:14 PM

  5. I agree with both Ken & Sebastian. Very well written & so sad for a gay-friendly city in Texas.

    Greg Lackowitz

    January 1, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    • It’s appalling to hear this kind of attack esp. to gays. Many of them are assets to society. They don’t deserve to be mocked, mugged or discriminated against. They’re also humans. Though some camouflage themselves as real men but, they still deserve to be respected.

      astrophel

      August 17, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    • Gay communities across the nation continue to grow in legendary proportions. Respect and compassion have to flow in the mainstream. However, some of them have truly become menace to moral fibre of society. This must be a two-way traffic — both with the same wavelength, with propriety and decency. Show good examples!

      Mark Escobar

      December 13, 2011 at 9:27 AM

  6. Thank you for this story. All too often stories like this go unreported across America. Until we stand up and fight these scum, there will be a war of hate against the gay community.

    Miichael Rogers

    January 1, 2011 at 9:19 PM

  7. age-old story: closet-case homosexuals commit violence against “out” gays – using usually phallic-shaped weapons (bats, stick, pole, etc.) and if caught, get thrown in jail where they will immediately be viewed as a potential same-sex sexual target … smart these people are not – sexually frustrated and confused they are

    radii

    January 2, 2011 at 1:27 AM

  8. So much for the myth of Austin’s liberal bona fides.

    At the end of the day, this is still a city in Texas and the Lone Star State is a red-state wasteland who keeps electing the likes of Rick Perry, John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Felon.

    Christopher di Spirito

    January 2, 2011 at 5:33 AM

  9. Excellent job Joseph and KXAN! I know the victim well and glad that he is okay and well.

    J.Ryan Jarman

    January 2, 2011 at 5:48 AM

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  11. I’ve always said Austin was wasted on Texas.

    Richard Hart

    January 2, 2011 at 2:07 PM

  12. “It appears that the gentlemen jumped out of the vehicle and actually used some derogatory term…”

    From the tone of the Police Chief’s comments, you can tell he’s taking this very seriously.

    lm945

    January 2, 2011 at 2:36 PM

  13. A good report. It’s too bad nothing is known about the make, type of vehicle (PU truck sedan?). To call the ASSAILANTS,PERPETRAITORS,ATTACKERS “gentlemen” is being a bit too kind.

    Jacques Graber

    January 2, 2011 at 3:09 PM

  14. Good report, Joseph, though it bothers me that the police chief is so polite in referring to the attackers as “gentlemen.”
    Will be interested to hear what happens in the investigation.

    Bruce Dunning

    January 3, 2011 at 11:38 AM


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