The man was walking alone when an attacker called him a gay slur and punched him, according to a police report.
The general manager of a Capitol Hill wine and cocktail bar was attacked after leaving a gay nightclub during Seattle Pride weekend in an incident police are investigating as a hate crime.
The victim had left The Cuff around 11:30 p.m. June 25 and was walking alone on East Pine Street when he was approached by a man who called him a gay slur and punched him, according to a police report.
The victim told police that he did not remember what happened after he was punched, and that he may have lost consciousness.
The assailant left the scene before police arrived. He is described as 28 to 32 years old, about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. He had short- to medium-length blond hair.
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The police report indicates the victim had swelling, bruising and cuts around his left eye, as well as a scraping injury to his left shoulder.
The victim was misidentified in the police report as an owner of Poco wine + spirits. However, an owner of the bar says the victim is actually the general manager.
A Poco employee told police the victim came to the wine bar after the attack and went to the restroom, saying he did not want to talk. Police said he was highly intoxicated at the time of the report, but the employee told police the victim continued to drink after the attack, and that he was not as intoxicated during the attack.
Police did not find surveillance cameras in the area of the attack.
The attack was reported by the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog.
The incident happened three days after a transgender activist was assaulted after leaving a fundraiser on Capitol Hill for victims of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Police are investigating that attack.
In 2015, 72 hate crimes and incidents against LGBT people were reported to Seattle police — double the number from the previous year.
Information in this article, originally published July 6, 2016, was corrected July 7, 2016. In a previous version of this story, police incorrectly identified the victim as a co-owner of Poco wine + spirits. The victim is the general manager of the cocktail bar.