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UCLA Police Release Sketch of Hate Crime Suspect

Police are searching for suspects who made anti-gay slurs toward a UCLA student near campus.

UCLA police have released a composite sketch of one of the suspects wanted in connection with an anti-gay hate crime directed toward a student in January.

The suspect in the sketch was described as a white male, about 26 or 27 years old, 5 feet-9 inches tall and between 160 and 170 pounds. He had brown eyes with a shaved head, and was wearing jeans and a gray hooded sweatshirt.

The second suspect was Hispanic, about 26 or 27 years old, 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighed about 300 pounds. He had long, black, slicked back hair and was wearing baggy clothing.

The attack occurred around 1:30 a.m. Jan. 18 as the victim was walking southbound in the 400 block of South Gayley Avenue, near Veteran Avenue, according to UCLA police.

A dark colored, four-door sedan pulled up in front of the victim and two men got out and approached the student.

Police said one of the suspects threatened the victim with a knife and "stated anti-gay slurs," then the two suspects fled in the vehicle heading south on Gayley. The victim sustained minor scratches and bruises.

Police asked anyone with information to call Detective Selby Arsena at 310-825-9371 and reference report No. 13-0113. Report a tip anonymously at 310-794-5824.

—City News Service contributed to this report.

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David Parker February 06, 2013 at 07:57 PM
I don't think slurs are a criminal act. This only becomes a hate crime when the knife was introduced. Journalism is dead.
David Parker February 06, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Police are searching for suspects who made anti-gay slurs toward a UCLA student near campus. Should read.... Police are searching for suspects who brandished a knife while making anti-gay slurs toward a UCLA student near campus.

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