Police are searching for suspects after a Jewish man said he had a gun pulled on him because he was speaking Hebrew inside the E Madison IHOP.
In the incident reported just before midnight Wednesday, police were called to a location nearby the restaurant where the victim said he had fled two male suspects who made the threat. The victim told police the suspects showed a pistol and told him to leave.
UPDATE: Here is a portion of the SPD report detailing the threats:
The victim told police that he and his friends are from Israel and were talking at their table. As they got up to leave IHOP, they noticed a man sitting in an adjacent booth wearing a “Free Palestine” sweatshirt. According to the police report, the man told officers he thought the sweatshirt was offensive but said he did not say anything to the man as he and his friends left the restaurant before being confronted outside.
Police searched the restaurant and bars in the area but could not locate anybody matching the suspect description but were able to get surveillance video showing the two men.
One suspect was described as an Asian male in his 20s wearing a pink colored jacket. The suspect carrying the gun was described as an unknown race male with black hair, olive complexion, and heavyset. Images show he was wearing a “Free Palestine” sweatshirt, according to police.
There were no reported injuries.
Police are investigating the threats as a hate crime. If you have information that might help the investigation, call 911.
This post has been updated with information from the SPD’s report on the incident.