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Gay-bashing: Man attacked, dragged several blocks by speeding car
Gay-bashing: Man attacked, dragged several blocks by speeding car
"It's been open season on Gays this summer in Seattle," said Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen.

by Robert Raketty - SGN Staff Writer

Twenty-six year-old Seattle resident Andrew Geske was walking home with a male friend at about 2:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 3, when he was attacked by the driver of a black BMW and later dragged several blocks by the speeding BMW as a passenger held his arm.

Geske was walking home with a male friend from Pony, a Gay bar on Capitol Hill in Seattle. They were traveling northbound near the SCCC student activities center/gym in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood at the time of the attack. Geske was holding hands with his roommate when the BMW pulled up alongside.

Geske approached the vehicle, assuming a friend might be inside. That's when the driver exited the vehicle. "I had just started walking up to the car when the driver got out of the car, yelling, 'Get the fuck away from my car, faggots.'" Geske told The Stranger this week, who reported it on their blog. "Then, he slammed a punch into my face."

The man delivered several more blows to Geske's face before returning to the vehicle. "I fell against the car," he said. "My arm ended up inside of their window, which was down& The passenger grabbed onto my arm, and they just peeled out driving real fast. I just remember staring at my roommate on the sidewalk, trying to figure out what was going on. It happened in like five seconds, all of this."

Geske was dragged for several blocks until the intersection of Broadway and John, where he said he was able to free himself from the passenger's grip. "I freed myself loose and kind of rolled away onto the ground," said Geske. "They were gone real quick."

One eyewitness, who said she was walking about 20 feet behind the two men, said she heard people in the car calling Geske and his roommate "faggots" and "homos."

Despite the vicious nature of the crime, Geske was fortunate to suffer only sprained fingers and scrapes on his back, elbows, and knee.

The driver has been described as being a white male in his late teens and wearing a white flat billed baseball cap and white T-shirt. Geske believes the man is taller than his own 6' 2" height. The four passengers in the vehicle have also been described as white males in their late teens or early twenties and "preppy."

SPD spokesperson Mark Jamieson told the Seattle Gay News on Tuesday the incident had been assigned to a bias crimes investigator and was being classified as malicious harassment. He also said witnesses were unable to provide a license plate number and the suspects remain unknown.

Geske has lived in Seattle for nine years and works as a personal trainer and a barback at a Capitol Hill bar.

This is the sixth Gay-bashing in Seattle that the SGN has reported in recent months. Jason Mancillas suffered lacerations and bruises to his face and body, a black eye and a wound to his head after being brutally beaten by a group of as many as six men during the early morning hours of Sunday, June 10. He was walking home with his boyfriend from a Capitol Hill Gay bar when the attack occurred. Before the attack began, he heard a stranger behind him say, "I'm sick of these fucking faggots." The men remain at large. On June 20, Michael Volkman, Alberto Medrano and Troy Maravilla, were threatened by two men identified as Brian Kenneth Bell, 21-years-old, and Benjamin Thomas-Winfred Davis, 22, while waiting in the Jack-in-the-Box drive-thru at 100 Broadway Ave. E. on Capitol Hill. Bell, while brandishing a knife, asked, "Are you guys Queer? Do you suck dick?"

At 1:37 a.m. on Sunday, July 22, Michael Sullivan was standing in front of a club in the 150 block of S. Washington St. in Pioneer Square with his friend Amanda Hubbert. A person, who has never been identified, punched Sullivan in the back of the head. Moments later, a male unknown to the victim or his friend, later identified as Monny (a.k.a. Monnypanareay) Sue, approached Sullivan and asked him "Are you Gay?" After Sullivan replied, "Yes," he was immediately punched in the face. Sullivan fell to the ground unconscious.

Just before midnight on Saturday, August 4, a Gay-bashing occurred in the 2200 block of First Avenue in Belltown that left Michael Wrenn with a bloody nose and cuts to his chin and forearm. He also developed two black eyes and bruises on his body as a result of the violence. His friend, Aaron Hudy, who was standing beside Wrenn at the time of the Gay-bashing also suffered a bruise on his arm. The male attacker asked the men, "What, are you guys fags?" before beginning his attack.

Christopher Petty was standing in line inside the Shell Food Mart at 1500 Broadway on Capitol Hill on Sunday, August 12, at about 2:05 a.m. He was wearing a shirt with the word "Queer," printed on the front and back. The man in front of him, later identified in court documents as Cerril Deonvandaz Turner, a 33-year-old African American man, announced in a loud voice, "I hate fucking faggots." The suspect then turned to Petty and asked, "Are you a fucking faggot?" Turner also spit on Petty and his friend and, then, threw a punch at Petty. The punch only grazed Petty but hit his friend.

Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, who is openly Gay, said the attacks were "sickening" and was working closely with police to ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice. "It's been open season on Gays this summer in Seattle," he said. "It is offensive to all Seattleites and is sickening due to its frequency and vile nature."

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