Pasadena police investigate attack of 3 men at ix Tapa Cantina after LGBTQ+ event as hate crime

PASADENA, Calif. (KABC) — Pasadena police are investigating an attack on three men who were leaving an LGBTQ+ event last week as a hate crime.

It happened at the ix Tapa Cantina bar on Colorado Boulevard on Friday, March 25.

Diamond Gonzalez told ABC7 on Tuesday that he and his friends were leaving the bar when they were suddenly attacked in the parking lot.

“A group of guys came and attacked us,” he said. “My back was turned towards them and they hit me from the back and just knocked me out.”

Gonzalez was taken to a local hospital. He and his friends suffered multiple cuts and bruises. They say the beatings lasted about five to 10 minutes.

“Everyone looked like bowling pins, getting knocked out,” said Noah Offield, who was also a victim.

During the attack, one of the victims, Ray Carabantes, pulled out a cell phone and said he was going to take pictures of the attacker’s license plate. He said that’s where things got out of hand.

“He turned around with a gun and said, ‘Do you want to take a picture of my license plate now?'” Carabantes recalled. “So immediately I was like, ‘I’m just going to run away. “”

The three men believe they were assaulted for leaving an LGBTQ+ event.

Pasadena police are investigating the incident as a hate crime and told Eyewitness News that the department “recognizes the importance of protecting the safety and dignity of all members of our community and we stand in solidarity with those affected. by the heinous attacks perpetrated last week”.

According to the police, the investigators have already received several tips to help find the attackers.

Below is the full statement from Pasadena PD:

“The Pasadena Police Department is aware of and is actively investigating an incident that occurred last week as patrons left the Ixtapa Cantina bar. The incident is being investigated as a hate crime and we ask anyone who may have witnessed the incident to provide any information that may assist in the identification and arrest of a suspect or suspects.

We thank those members of the community who have already come forward to provide information and we encourage others to do the same by calling the police department or contacting Los Angeles Crime Stoppers.

The Pasadena Police Department recognizes the importance of protecting the safety and dignity of all members of our community and we stand in solidarity with those affected by the heinous attacks that took place last week. We are committed to keeping the public safe and will provide resources and referrals to services for those affected by this crime. »

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police.

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