Is There a Guy Beating Gay Bar Patrons with a Baseball Bat Roaming Montrose?

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OutSmart magazine has talked with a guy who said he was jumped and beaten with a baseball bat outside a gay bar in Montose last weekend.

The man's name was not given, but he said he was near a bar in the Fairview area about 2 a.m. Sunday, walking to his car, when the attack occurred.

"He didn't say anything, he just put his bat in his hand and had this look in his eyes like, 'I'm gonna kill you,' " The man told OutSmart. "He started swinging and I started running."

The magazine says the attack "left the man with two broken arms, numerous bruises, and a head wound which required 14 staples to close."

There's talk of other attacks by the same baseball-wielding assailant in the area.

HPD says they are investigating but have not formally declared the case to be a hate crime.

Says OutSmart:

This victim encourages people in the area to be aware of their environment, to walk with other people, and to avoid areas where a crime could more easily be committed, such as areas in shadow and empty streets.

He is curious how no one has reported suspicious activity yet, or why the police haven't caught him.

"He has a bat," he said. "I know you can't hide a bat too well under your clothing; no one is wearing a long coat in this heat. To me I'd be suspicious if I saw someone walking around with a bat."

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