Assault of two gay men classified as a hate crime

March 26, 2009 11:33 PDT

Two gay men were assaulted on the beach in Seaside early Sunday morning in what is being classified as a hate crime, and police are looking for three-to-four young white males who they believe carried out the attack.

Gross said police are seeking assistance in identifying people who were present at the campfire prior to the assault.

"One is described as a heavy set American Indian female who was approximately 30 years of age," Gross said. "She had a black pony tail and was wearing grey sweat pants and a matching sweatshirt. The second is described as a husky white male who was the boyfriend of the female. He had a shaved head which appeared to be grown out. He had brown hair and possibly a goatee. He was wearing a green shirt or possibly a track jacket. The male appeared to be in his late 20's."

Gross said the third person at the campfire is a white male in his mid 20's wearing a grey hoodie and grey Carhart-type pants.

"The fourth is a white male with long black frizzy hair in a pony tail and pale skin. Anyone who has information that might help identify these four individuals is asked to call the Seaside Police Department at 738-6311," Gross said. "There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the assailants."

Gross said there has been a flood of media attention regarding the hate crime, and as of Tuesday afternoon he had been interviewed by five television stations and various newspapers. Gross said it is the first hate crime in Seaside that he knows of. "It is not common for us to have an assault on the beach," he said.

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