A gay man in Phoenix says he was attacked by several people on Friday night in a case that police are now investigating, a local Arizona CBS affiliate reports.
A man named Cesar Marin says he was jumped by several people last night in downtown Phoenix. @phoenixpolice are investigating the alleged assault. We'll tell you why Marin believes it could be a hate crime on 3TV at 9. #azfamily pic.twitter.com/anWUYEkzI6
— Lindsey Reiser (@LindseyReiser) March 17, 2019
Cesar Marin, the survivor of the attack, says that he felt someone hit him from behind and on his side.
“I didn’t know that I was surrounded by people,” he told 3TV/CBS5. The attack occurred in downtown Phoenix. Marin was driving home when a woman jaywalked in front of his car, prompting him to push his brakes.
Marin said in a public Facebook post that the woman walked to the side of his vehicle, flicked a cigarette at his face then called him a faggot.
Marin said that he did a U-turn and pulled over and got out of his car to search for the lit cigarette to prevent a fire. That’s when he was attacked.
“Before I knew it, I was surrounded in a hail of punches. One guy kicked me in the face when I fell down,” Marin says. He added that the attackers broke his nose and he now has several bruises.
Marin says a bystander intervened and he was taken to the hospital.
According to Marin, there are decals on his car that have rainbows on them, meaning the woman may have been able to tell just from his car that he was gay.
Despite the use of the slur, Phoenix police have not confirmed that they’re treating the case as a hate crime, according to 3TV/CBS5.
Marin’s story comes less than a month after a Salt Lake City man caught his homophobic assault on camera.