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Palm Springs - Hate Crime


Last updated 11/4/2015 at 9:38am

A Sunday night attack on a gay couple in Palm Springs has been condemned by U.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz and Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet as a hate crime.

An unknown suspect bumped into the couple who were walking along the street and insulted them before knocking one, a 71 year-old man, to the ground and breaking his hip. The assailant then returned with another suspect to hit the companion of the assaulted man over the head, knocking him out. One victim was left with a double fracture to his hip and the other suffered a concussion and received staples in the back of his head and stitches in his lip.

One of the victims, George Zander, has been active in the LGBT community for decades and currently works as a field manager with Equality California.

Those attending this weekend's Greater Palm Springs Pride event are urged to be careful.

One suspect is described as a white adult male with a stocky build and red hair, and the other is only described as a white adult male. They fled the scene in a sedan-type vehicle.

Residents can contact the Palm Springs Police Department with information at (760) 323-8116 or report anonymously through Valley Crime Stoppers at (760) 341-7867).

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