Hate Crime on Mansfield Early Friday Morning

A gay hate crime occurred early Friday morning in which a homeless gay man was beaten up on the sidewalk on the 100 block of North Mansfield according to reports by LA Weekly and NBC News. Mansfield lies just east of busy La Brea and is lined with 1920s duplexes and a canopy of sycamore trees making it a calm oasis off the busy La Brea corridor.

The victim is reported to have told his attacker that he was homeless, gay and has AIDs.

The Huffington Post reported:

The suspect, a white male, called the victim anti-gay discriminatory names and proceeded to “beat him up pretty bad with his hands and feet,” Richard French of the Los Angeles Police Department told The Huffington Post. Police are investigating the case as a gay hate crime.
The victim, a white male in his mid-30s, collapsed and was taken to the hospital in critical condition. The alleged hate crime took place just before 1 a.m. on the sidewalk of the 100 block of N. Mansfield Avenue.

Detectives for Wilshire Division are investigating the crime but could not be reached for comment. Anyone with information is encouraged to telephone the Wilshire Detectives Desk at 213-922-8205.

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