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Police investigating hate crime after gun threat at IHOP

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:

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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.

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Jane
Jane
4 years ago

Not a word about this in The Stranger, The Globalist, Seattle Weekly, or Seattle Times. If the perps were described as white and wearing “Make America Great Again” hats they would have been all over it immediately. It would be nationwide news.

Bert
Bert
4 years ago
Reply to  Jane

You are 100% correct. Same with what went on at UW last Friday. The crowd was beating the right people…So…No action

Ed
Ed
4 years ago
Reply to  Jane

The event happened just before midnight last night. This is a continuously updated blog. On the other hand, The Seattle Times is printed once a day. The Stranger and The Weekly are printed once a week (as the latter’s name suggests), and the next printing isn’t due for six days. I don’t know what the Globalist is.

In other words: way to jump the gun there.

jane
jane
4 years ago

The Seattle Times, Stranger, Seattle Weekly, and Globalist (a leftwing media run out of UW) all have online versions which are updated constantly. They all have reported on incidents that happened as recently as an hour ago.

FreeYourMind
FreeYourMind
4 years ago

Just go atheist and forget all this religious war nonsense.
They both worship the same fucking god of Abraham.

Sheesh.

Nonny
Nonny
4 years ago
Reply to  FreeYourMind

being an atheist and visibly Jewish (whether you’re actually Jewish or not, just “Jewish looking”) is more than enough for assholes to shout at you that they hope Nazis kill your family. I didn’t see anything in there about the guy with the gun asking if he went to synagogue.

Ike
Ike
4 years ago
Reply to  FreeYourMind

Nonny is right. I’m an atheist Jew with a very Jewish last name. Over the past few years I’ve been publicly called all kinds of fun names like Kike, Hebe, Dirty Jew etc. Also blamed for some shitty Israeli policies and “accused” of being an ex IDF soldier. The fact there are a handful of scumbag racists out there doesn’t shock me at all but the fact that the rest of the people around them don’t speak up is disheartening. Seattle has become a very hostile place for my peeps.

River
River
4 years ago

Something you should know, the idea of “Jewish” is fairly subjective, you can get called a Jew by anyone regardless of what you look like, people who hate jews just use that word as a scapegoat.