Police say they have tracked down a ‘homophobic’ man who was caught on camera punching a gay man in the middle of a street after calling him and his friends ‘f****ts’.
Sal Trejo managed to film the moment he was attacked by the man after leaving a bar in Salt Lake City, Utah at about 1.30am on Sunday.
Trejo posted the video of the incident on
Sal Trejo managed to film the moment he was attacked by the man after leaving a bar in Salt Lake City, Utah at about 1.30am on Sunday
‘My friends and I were assaulted by this homophobic man in downtown Salt Lake City last night. Anyone know him? The police are interested in having a chat with him,’ Trejo wrote alongside the video.
Salt Lake City Police, who also appealed for information about the suspect, later confirmed that they had spoken to him and he was cooperating fully with the investigation.
It does not appear that he has been arrested yet.
‘He just messed with the wrong queers,’ Trejo told the
‘We knew that we would be able to find him because we have the resources and we have the support of the great community here in Salt Lake City.’
Trejo said the incident unfolded after him and his friends left a bar in the early hours.
Trejo posted the video of the incident on Twitter asking for help tracking the suspect down and it quickly went viral
‘It started with him approaching us out of the blue and making homophobic and misogynistic comments towards our group,’ Trejo said in a Twitter statement.
‘We started recording him and asked him to leave, he wouldn’t, and then went on to hit me and shove on of our girlfriends.
‘At this point we became verbally aggressive to protect ourselves. We called the police immediately. He then pulled out a knife and pointed it towards us while continuing to call us f****ts.
‘He eventually ran off, got into his car (in his intoxicated state) and drove on the light-rail tracks until he sped off away from Main Street.
‘This man is dangerous and needs to be held accountable for his actions.’