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UCLA police search for suspects in alleged hate crime

January 19, 2013 |  1:54 pm

Police are searching for two men in their mid-20s who allegedly shouted anti-gay slurs and threatened a UCLA student with a knife near the campus early Friday morning, authorities said.

The victim was walking south in the 400 block of Gayley Avenue when a dark-colored four-door sedan pulled up in front of the victim about 1:30 a.m., according to a statement by the UCLA Police Department.

The two suspects exited the vehicle, approached the victim, threatened the individual with a knife and shouted anti-gay slurs, according to the statement.

The two suspects then fled south on Gayley.

One suspect is described as a white male who is about 5-foot-9 and weighs between 160 and 170 pounds. Authorities believe he is between the ages of 26 and 27, has a shaved head and was wearing a grey hoodie and blue jeans at the time of the incident.

The other suspect was described as a male Latino, between 26 and 27 years old, weighs about 300 pounds and has long “slicked-back” hair. Authorities believe he was wearing baggy clothing.

The incident is being investigated as a hate crime.

Anyone with information is asked to call the UCLA Police Department at (310) 825-1491.

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-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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