A Capitol Hill man known for his avid use of social media says he was chased and shoved to the pavement in an altercation with panhandlers Monday night.
Here is the account posted Tuesday via Twitter by Nick Starr about the attack:
Last night I was attacked… viciously…. There were 2 homeless type guys along Pike who were homeless and asked for money; I *mistakenly* said to F off… and they said, “What did you say fag? Say that to my face” and then proceded to follow me…
I cut down the alley which Nighbours is on and they were still following me… I ran across Pine and they caught up with me… They were trying to get me to go back down the alley with them. Punched me in the side and face a few times… I was crying out for help and a couple passed by and the guy stopped for a moment and then continued on. I continued to scream for help and apologize to them, but they were persistant that I go apologize in the alley. I saw an available cab approaching, and ran out into traffic. They followed and punched me in the back of the head to which I fell to the ground (the biggest extent of my visible injuries). I then jumped in the cab and told him to speed away. He told me he was on his way for a fare, but took me as close to my place as he could before needing to turn off. My knees are really fucked up in that walking hurts like hell, but other than some other bruising I am okay.
CHS is looking into the story. Starr said he reported the assault to police but CHS has not yet been able to locate the report.
Starr also posted a picture of his banged-up knee from the attack and said he was considering “changing my hair color, not wearing my signature jacket, and always wearing glasses as to not be recognized by these guys again.”
Last year, Starr gained notoriety in San Francisco for using social media to announce he was planning to commit suicide.