Man chased, beaten in possible hate crime on Capitol Hill

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SEATTLE —

Police said a man was chased and beaten by a group of people on Capitol Hill who called him derogatory names about his sexual orientation.

Shortly after midnight Monday, Seattle police were called to the scene of an assault near the 200 block of Summit Avenue East.

Jason Jacobs was walking home when three men and two women started yelling at him near Summit Avenue and Olive Way. He said they started shouting homophobic slurs after they noticed his pink shirt and shoes.

Then chased him down and punched him, Jacobs said

"I was unconscious for quite a while," he told KIRO 7. "I've got a broken eye socket, two broken ribs, my nose is broken and I have a major concussion."

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Jacobs staggered toward a nearby Starbucks where someone called police and stayed with him until an ambulance arrived.

Jacobs said it's upsetting to see that his blood is still spattered on the sidewalk there. He's lost the feeling of security he once had in his neighborhood.

Just a couple of months ago, five men attacked a man in the street outside the Comet Tavern at 10th Avenue and Pike Street, shouting racist and homophobic slurs. Jacobs said a gay friend of his was recently attacked and robbed of his cellphone near Seattle Central Community College.

He wants victims to be aware of these attacks, and take precautions like walking with a friend late at night. Jacobs is also hoping that more people will come forward who witnessed his beating and offer police better descriptions of his attackers.

He said he was hurt so badly that he doesn't remember much after people started to punch him.

A police report obtained by KIRO 7 shows the suspects were described as three unknown race men in their 20s and two women, possibly Hispanic, in their 20s with dark hair. Police ask that anyone with information call 911.