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Police ID Suspect After Gay Man Beaten Outside Of Hookah Lounge

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Tilo Sandoval (credit: Denver Police Department)

Tilo Sandoval (credit: Denver Police Department)

DENVER (CBS4) – Denver police would like the public’s help locating a suspect in a felony assault and bias-motivated crime.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Tilo Sandoval, 20, in connection with the crime.

Jared Olson after the attack (credit: Jared Olson)

Jared Olson after the attack (credit: Jared Olson)

Jared Olson told CBS4 he was beaten up for being gay. He said he and a friend were leaving Sam’s Hookah Lounge on Alameda when a group of people starting yelling gay slurs at them in the parking lot. Olson claims one man, who police believe was Sandoval, got particularly aggressive.

“He kept asking ‘What are you looking at?’ and he walked to my door, pulled my door open, and hit me in the face,” Olson told CBS4. “My clothes when I went to the hospital were covered in blood.”

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Sandoval is described as approximately 5-foot-9, 145 pounds with several prominent tattoos on his arms.

Sandoval’s listed address is in the 2700 Block of West Yale, but police believe he is on the move due to the arrest warrant.

Anyone with information is asked to call Denver police at (720) 913-2000. Remain anonymous and call Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-STOP (7867). Text to CRIMES (274637) then title DMCS and enter the message or send an e-mail to metro-denvercrimestoppers.com.

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