A man told police he was beaten Sunday night in the parking lot of the Seattle Filipino Community Center because he is gay, and police arrested the man who allegedly made homophobic threats after the assault.
That man, 22, posted bond and was released from King County Jail on Monday night. Seattlepi.com is not naming the man because he has not been charged.
The incident happened about 1:30 a.m. in the 5700 block of Martin Luther King Way South. The victim was with a female friend and was returning from her vehicle when he passed the suspect and another man.
The second man walked behind the victim, and the suspect allegedly walked in front of him, blocking his path.
"Both suspects them punched the victim with closed fists on both sides of the victim's face causing pain and discomfort," South Precinct Officer Joe Hadley wrote in his report. Police said the men then yelled a homophobic insult.
Security from the community center intervened and held the suspect at the scene. The other man fled, yelling a homophobic slur as he left. Police searched the area, but did not find him.
The victim, 22, told police he believes both men knew he is gay and "the only reason that he was assault is because he is homosexual," Hadley wrote.
The man was in pain from the assault, but declined medical aid at the scene.
Police, who also interviewed a witness at the scene, took custody of the alleged attacker and booked him into King County Jail. He denied punching the victim.
He has no previous convictions in Washington, according to court records. The Seattle police case remains open, and the alleged attackers could face charges later.