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Austin police investigating attack on couple as hate crime

1 year 9 months 3 days ago Wednesday, January 23 2019 Jan 23, 2019 January 23, 2019 10:14 AM January 23, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Police in Austin say they've opened a hate-crime investigation into a weekend attack that resulted in a gay couple being hospitalized.

Investigators are checking surveillance video in the downtown area to identify a group of men they say beat Spencer Deehring and Tristan Perry early Saturday after the couple left a nightclub.

Deehring says the two were holding hands when a passing man made a derogatory comment. The two responded and Deehring says up to five men then attacked them.

He says he sustained a concussion and lacerations and that Perry suffered internal bleeding, a concussion and a broken nose.

Police say no suspects have yet been identified.

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