Portland, Ore. police and Crime Stoppers are seeking help in identifying suspects in a violent hate crime that occurred May 22 near Portland's Hawthorne Bridge.
Two gay men, Brad Forkner, 23, and Christopher Rosevear, 25, were holding hands when they were attacked by three men who had apparently followed them. The victims sustained minor injuries and Rosevear required stitches.
Forkner told The Oregonian that while there were witnesses to the attack, which lasted approximately 60 seconds, no one came to their aid, yelled stop, or called 911. Even afterwards, as they walked to get help, the bloodied pair passed people walking their dogs who said nothing.
"They could clearly see something had happened and no one stopped and said 'Hey are you OK?'"
According to police, the three suspects, who are in their 20s, are about 5-foot-11, and all were wearing hooded sweatshirts -- one blue, one brown, the other white or cream. Forkner and Rosevear said the suspects spoke in an Eastern European language.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1,000 for any tips reported to them that lead to an arrest. Call Crime Stoppers at (503) 823-HELP (4357); reach them online; or text CRIMES (274637) with 823HELP in the subject line.
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