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Attack on man outside gym-lounge may be hate crime

Published December 3, 2008 5:11 pm

SLC » Victim cut with bottle is in critical condition.
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Police say a 50-year-old man was critically injured in an attack with a bottle outside a Salt Lake City lounge and gym that reputedly caters to the gay community -- and that may make it a hate crime case.

The victim told police that he left the 14th Street Gym, near 1400 West and 200 South, after midnight early Wednesday.

As he was waiting for a cab ride, the man said someone walked up behind him, swore at him, used a derogatory sexual-orientation slur and hit him over the top of the head with a bottle, police said.

The attacker ran off. Police said the victim showed signs of intoxication and was not able to give officers an accurate description of his attacker.

He suffered cuts to his forehead and was bleeding profusely when he was transported to a hospital in critical condition, police said. Police are investigating the attack as a potential hate crime.