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Police seek assistance in possible hate-crime investigation

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Metro Police are this man in connection with a battery on March 27 at a local strip mall, April 20, 2012.

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Metro Police are this man in connection with a battery on March 27 at a local strip mall, April 20, 2012.

Metro Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying two men in connection with a battery and potential hate crime that took place last month.

Police say a fight broke out at 11:33 p.m. March 27 at a local strip mall after a man allegedly made a remark concerning the sexual orientation of one man walking with a woman and another man.

The victim was hit and fell to the ground, police said. He was taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.

Police say the suspect — who was walking with another man — fled before officers arrived.

Detectives are looking for both men, one as a suspect the other as a person of interest.

Police described the suspect as a black male approximately 25 years old, 6 feet tall and weighing about 160 pounds with a thin build.

He was last seen wearing a light tan, long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans, dark shoes and a dark colored baseball cap with an unknown emblem on the front, police said.

The person of interest is also a black male about 25 years old, police said. He has medium-length, bushy, dark hair and was last seen wearing a red baseball cap, a red and black horizontally striped shirt, and either black pants or blue jeans and dark tennis shoes.

Anyone with information concerning this incident can contact Metro’s convention center area command tourist crimes unit at 828-3204, or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555 to remain anonymous.

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