Police: Man attacked by group yelling slurs about race, sexual orientation

SEATTLE -- A group of five or more men attacked a 20-year-old man Wednesday night in Capitol Hill, beating him with their fists, feet and skateboards while yelling slurs about the victim's race and sexual orientation, according to the Seattle Police Department.

A witness flagged down an officer around 10 p.m. to report six or seven men attacking another man while yelling epithets at him and passersby. The witness pointed to a group of five men sitting on the sidewalk in the 900 block of East Pike Street as suspects.

While officers were talking to the suspects, the victim walked up and told officers those were the five men who had beat him up and yelled slurs at him.

According to police, one of the suspects tried to run off but was caught a few blocks later. All five were arrested and booked into King County Jail for investigation of malicious harassment.

Officers reportedly found two knives and a meth-style glass pipe on the suspects, two of whom may face additional charges of unlawful use of a weapon and obstructing a public officer.

The victim, who was bleeding heavily from a cut lip, was transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. He told officers he didn't know why the men attacked him.