By Melody Gutierrez
Police are seeking the public's help to identify a suspect who seriously injured a man in what they area calling a hate crime. Sacramento Police said two men were holding hands while walking around 2 a.m. Saturday along J Street near 18th Street when a man in his 20s stopped his SUV and yelled sexual epithets at the victim and his friend.
When the victim and his friend continued to walk away, the driver got out and struck one of the men in the head with a heavy object before fleeing in the SUV.
The victim was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries.
The suspect is described as an African-American male around 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-9, a husky build, short buzz cut with sideburns. He was last seen wearing a light-colored shirt and baggy jeans. He had a female passenger with him, who was described as a black woman in her, mid-20s with curly shoulder-length hair.
The SUV was white or silver, possibly a Range Rover with paper license plates.
Anyone with information can call Crime Alert at (9160 443-HELP (4357) or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.
Call The Bee's Melody Gutierrez, (916) 326-5521. Follow her on Twitter @MelodyGutierrez.
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