Assault using homophobic slurs under investigation
Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 00:10
An assault of a male Sam Houston State University student is under investigation, according to police officials.
The male filed an official complaint on Oct. 3. He said he was attacked on Sept. 30 outside of the music education building near 17th Street and Ave. I.
The victim said two unidentified white males physically attacked him repeatedly while yelling homophobic slurs.
University Police Department deputy chief James Fitch said the case is in its early stages.
“We’re in between a rock and a hard place,” Fitch said. “The large time gap between the assault and the reporting makes it difficult.”
A second assault was reported on Oct. 4. A female filed a complaint with UPD after she said she was beaten on Sept. 11 by two unidentified white males, who also used homophobic slurs in the same area as the first assault.
Fitch said it’s unclear if the two are related but that there are several similarities.
“There are two things that are constant,” Fitch said. “Both incidents used slurs, and they happened in the same area. So, it’s a possibility [they are related].”
The victim of the Oct. 4 complaint chose not to pursue charges against the assailants.