gay_flag_lede.jpgA man was struck with a baseball bat in San Francisco’s Duboce Triangle neighborhood on Saturday night by three suspects who yelled homophobic slurs at him, police said today.

The attack was reported at about 9 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Market and Sanchez streets.

The victim, a 52-year-old Santa Barbara man, was approached by the three suspects, who struck him with the baseball bat once or twice while yelling the slur “faggot,” police Capt. Denis O’Leary said.

One of the three suspects also took the victim’s keys during the beating, but the motive for the attack appears to be hate rather than robbery, O’Leary said.

The suspects, described as white males in their mid-teens who were wearing dark clothing, fled and had not been found as of today, according to O’Leary.

The victim waited until Sunday afternoon to report the attack, and officers who responded to the call noted bruising on the side of the man’s body, O’Leary said.

The case has been referred to the department’s special investigations division, which handles hate crimes, he said.

Anyone with information about the attack is encouraged to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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