Sacto 9-1-1
June 14, 2011
Sikhs offer reward in alleged anti-gay attack in Elk Grove

The Sacramento Sikh Temple is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man responsible for the attack on Seth Parker outside Strikes Family Entertainment Center in Elk Grove on June 5.

Parker, 26, of Sacramento got into argument with the suspect in the parking lot of the center in the 3400 block of Laguna Boulevard. The suspect punched Parker in the face, then fled with a companion into a nearby residential neighborhood, according the Elk Grove Police Department. Parker suffered multiple facial fractures in the attack.

Parker believes he was attacked because he is gay and that the attack should be investigated as a hate crime. He said at least one of the two men directed homophobic slurs at him after Parker tried to discourage them from bothering his female companions.

"The Sikh Community condemns this disgusting attack motivated by ignorance and hate," Sikh Temple spokesman Darshan Singh Mundy, said in a written statement announcing the reward. "In light of the recent murders of two Sikhs in Elk Grove and the hate crime conviction in Yolo County (of two men who attacked a Sikh taxi driver), we are especially sensitive to such crimes. We hope that our reward will help bring these criminals to justice."

Police described the man who punched Parker as Hispanic, about 20 years old, 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighing 130 to 150 pounds, and wearing a black shirt, baggy blue jeans and black-and-white athletic shoes. His companion is described as a 30-year-old Hispanic man wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

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