DENVER (CBS4) – Denver police would like the public’s help locating suspects in a possible hate crime.

Sonny Jackson with Denver police said early Monday morning a man from Morocco was assaulted by two people at the Oasis Exotic Hookah Lounge located at 1523 Market Street because of his national origin.

“Detectives with the Denver Police Department Bias-Motivated Section are looking for information in regard to this incident,” Jackson said in a statement.

The victim is an employee of the Oasis Exotic Hookah Lounge. The manager said the incident happened inside the establishment. He said his employee was sucker-punched and knocked out.

Jackson said one suspect was photographed in an argument with a female companion moments after the assault.

The Oasis hookah bar on Market Street (credit: Denver Police Department)

Police said racial slurs were made before and after the attack, mocking the victim’s Middle Eastern heritage

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


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