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RECENT ASSAULTS IN DOWNTOWN NEIBORHOOD INVESTIGATED AS POSSIBLE HATE CRIMES OR HATE INCIDENTS
On July 24, 2011, at approximately 5:30 pm, a group of males were walking in the area of Falcon Ave and Broadway when a male approached the group and asked one if he was gay. When the victim responded that he was, the suspect punched him in the face and fled from the location. Responding officers immediately apprehended the suspect, who has now been identified as 22-year-old Jorge Ibarrias, a resident of Torrance. On July 26, the LA County District Attorney's Office filed one felony count of battery with a hate crime enhancement and he remains in custody.
On July 27, shortly after 7:00 pm, a gay male was in the area of Orange Ave. and Broadway when he approached another male who was walking on the sidewalk. The victim attempted to engage the suspect in conversation when the suspect struck the victim, then used a derogatory slur referring to the victim's sexual orientation. After the assault the suspect fled from the location. As of this date, this incident has not been classified as a hate crime and is being reviewed as a possible hate incident.
On July 31, 2011, at approximately 1:30 am, a group of males were walking in the 1800 block of Broadway when they were approached by two males who addressed them with hate slurs. The groups' confrontation escalated into a fight, which ended quickly. The two groups separated and the victims continued to walk towards their residence. While walking, the suspects returned with a larger group and assaulted the victims. Three of the victims sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries.
The latter two incidents are still under investigation and detectives are seeking additional witnesses. Anyone with any information about these crimes is encouraged to call Detective Jackie Bezart of the Violent Crimes Detail at (562) 570-7250. Anonymous tips may also be submitted my text or via the web by visiting http://www.longbeach.gov/file:///C:/temp/notes6030C8/www.longbeach.gov/police.
Incidents of this nature are of great concern to the Long Beach Police Department and the community. The Police Department will continue to work with community groups, the City's Hate Crime Response Team and the Human Dignity coordinator to address the concerns of the victims and the community.
RALLY TO CONDEMN RECENT HATE CRIMES
Time Thursday, August 4 · 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location Hot Java Coffeehouse @ Broadway & Junipero
2101 E. Broadway
Long Beach, CA
Join Mayor Bob Foster, Vice Mayor Dr. Suja Lowenthal, Councilmember Dr. Robert Garcia, the Long Beach Gay & Lesbian Center, the Long Beach Lambda Democratic Club, and the Long Beach community to condemn the recent hate crimes/incidents committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation.
Our gathering will be joined by Eric Avila, Long Beach resident and one of the victims of the attack on Sunday, July 24, 2011. ...Mr. Avila is also a close friend to "Martin", the victim who suffered serious physical and emotional pain from the trauma inflicted.
We will meet at Hot Java Coffeehouse before we proceed down the Broadway Corridor.
To stay on top of rally information, please go to the recently created Facebook page "Long Beach Condemns Recent Hate Crimes"
FUNDRAISER FOR MARTIN SANCHEZ
Tomorrow, August 5th from 6-9PM, Alegria on Pine Avenue will host a fundraiser for Martin Sanchez – the victim of a recent hate crime attack that left him with broken/missing teeth and other injuries. Martin will make his first public appearance since the attack and a local surgeon will announce a $20,000 donation of his service. Alegria is offering complimentary appetizers and will donate all bar proceeds to assist with medical bills.
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