The victim in a strange assault last night was walking up John near Safeway when he was jumped by a man who leapt from a passing black Cadillac to attack the victim before jumping back in the car and speeding away down the hill, a witness told police Thursday night.
According to SPD, officers arrived at 14th and John just after the 8:30p attack to find a man being treated for a laceration to his nose suffered in the assault. The man said he did not know his attacker and did not know why he was jumped.
The witness said he was walking eastbound behind the victim when the black car suddenly came to a stop and a man in his 20s, who appeared to be either Hispanic or Asian and possibly had his hair pulled back in a ponytail, quickly emerged, ran toward the victim and assaulted him. The incident unfolded quickly but SPD was able to get a partial license plate number from a witness.
According to police, the witness and the victim did not report that the man said anything during the attack or that there was any indication that this was an attempted gay bashing at a time when much of the Hill is preparing for Pride celebrations.
The victim suffered a cut in the attack but declined transportation to the hospital.