Last updated January 13, 2009 9:45 p.m. PT
Beating suspect sought
Attack on two men seen as possible hate crime
By HECTOR CASTRO
Seattle police are looking for a man who became so enraged when he heard someone speaking a language other than English that he attacked him and a friend.
The attack happened around 3:15 p.m. Monday in the 8800 block of Rainier Avenue South, according to a police report.
The victims, described by police as African men, were in a store near Rainier and South Henderson Street when one of them received a phone call. The man stepped outside to talk on his cell phone.
While he was talking on the phone, he heard a man stopped in traffic yell at him to "speak English," according to the report. Police described the attacker only as a man who drove a dark-blue Chevrolet pickup truck.
The victim "tried to tell him he didn't speak English very well and that seemed to anger the suspect," the report stated.
The man in the pickup pulled out of traffic, got out of his truck, calling the victim a Muslim using a slur and told him to "go back home."
The victim tried to walk away, but the pickup driver continued to insult him, at one point reportedly saying, "I'll kill all of you."seattlepi