Two men were stabbed early Thursday morning in Echo Park following an altercation with two suspects they had seen earlier in the evening. The two victims in their mid 20s were transported to a hospital with minor knife wounds after they were assaulted as they waited for a bus near Echo Park and Montana Avenues at about midnight, said Lt. Terry Gutierrez with the Northeast Division. The police report confirms most of the details of the incident as portrayed in a blog called “Your Friend, Savannah” and picked up by Echo Park Now. The two male victims said they had seen the suspects earlier that night after they went to the Sunset Beer, a beer store with a bar area and lounge.
After the two men departed Sunset Beer and waited for the bus, the two suspects approached them and a confrontation began, with one of the suspects yelling “You guys are fucking faggots,” said Lt. Gutierrez quoting the police report. The male suspect then knifed one of the victims below the rib cage and the other in the abdomen area, she said.
Both victims were in stable condition but Your Friend Savannah said one of the victims has already left the hospital. Your Friend Savannah said the two victims were not gay. The blog also indicated that the two victims had been robbed but there was no indication of that in the police report, said Lt. Gutierrez. Police identified both the suspects and victims as Latino.
The suspects remain at large.
* Update on Friday, May 25: Patch is reporting the incident will be investigated as a hate crime.
* Correction: An earlier version of this story, based on interviews with police, said that the victims had seen their attackers earlier that evening inside Sunset Beer. That was not the case. The victims were at Sunset Beer but the suspects were not, according to new police information provided by residents. The two victims may have seen the suspects on the street outside Sunset Beer but not inside the establishment.