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Man charged in new anti-Gay crime on Capitol Hill
Man charged in new anti-Gay crime on Capitol Hill
"I'll fucking kill you," says attacker with clenched fist

by Liz Meyer - SGN Staff Writer

In keeping with this year's spike in violence towards Seattle's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community, a group harassed a man on Capitol Hill this week, at one point threatening to kill him. The victim told police he felt he was singled out due to his sexual orientation.

The victim, whose name is being withheld at his request, was standing at the intersection of Broadway Ave. E. and E. Republican around 7:15 P.M. on October 28 when several people came up behind him. Court documents state he was waiting to cross the street when someone in the group made a comment about his earring. The victim ignored the first comment, and was called a "fag." Then, the perpetrator told the victim to "run home to his mommy."

The victim then asked the most vocal man in the group if he had a problem with him. Then, "The man squared off, clenched his fist and said, 'I'll fucking kill you'."

The victim called 911, and the suspect who harassed him because of his sexual orientation and threatened to kill him was apprehended that same night. The suspect was identified as 41-year-old Daniel Joseph Brown, a transient with a lengthy criminal history that included first-degree robbery, burglary, promoting prostitution, vehicle prowl, and theft.

Brown is being held on $25,000 bail, and King County Interim Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg has charged him with malicious harassment. The charge alleges that Brown "maliciously and intentionally" threatened the victim because of his perception of the victim's sexual orientation. The most recent harassment case makes for the eighth bias-related crime in Seattle since June, and the fifth in Capitol Hill.

SIMILAR INCIDENTS
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.

Twenty-six year-old Seattle resident Andrew Geske was walking home with a male friend at about 2:30 a.m. on Monday, September 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. Despite the vicious nature of the crime, Geske was fortunate to suffer only sprained fingers and scrapes on his back, elbows, and knee.

Marcus E. Wilson, 34 years-old, and Victoria Liss, 24 years-old, told police that their lives were threatened and were called anti-Gay slurs by two men, Matthew Henry Oly, 26 years-old, and Bryan Michael Krieger, 27 years-old, during a Capitol Hill Gay-bashing in the early morning hours of Saturday, September 22.Wilson was called a "faggot" several times and threatened with death. Liss, who came to Wilson's aid, and was also verbally and physically threatened. She alleges Krieger attempted to assault her with his bicycle.

PUBLIC FORUM CALLED
An upcoming forum will address safety concerns Seattle residents might have about the violent trends. The Seattle Commission for Sexual Minorities will hold a free public open forum on Saturday, November 10, from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center (104 17th Ave. S., Seattle). There, forum participants will discuss local LGBTQI issues, such as safety concerns. The information gathered from these discussions will be used to advise the Mayor, City Council and Department Directors on fiscal 2008 budget and policy recommendations. The event is co-sponsored by the Seattle Office for Civil Rights. Contact Jeanine at 206-888-2307 or jeanine@sexualminorities.org. RSVP requested at www.brownpapertickets.com

SGN Staff Writer Robert Raketty contributed to this report.
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