Denver Gay Man Brutally Attacked In Anti-Gay Hate Crime
A Denver, Colorado gay man was brutally beaten on Labor Day in what he says was an anti-gay assault. 23-year-old Jared R. Olson now requires reconstructive surgery to his face that will cost $50,000.
Denver police are investigating an alleged bias-motivated crime after a young gay man said he was badly beaten by a man in a group shouting gay slurs outside a hookah bar early Monday.
Jared R. Olson's Facebook page shows photos of him with a bloody, battered face.
"This is the aftermath of my assault that happened this morning at Sams Hookah Lounge!" Olson posted on Facebook Monday.
The 23-year-old Olson told 7NEWS he and two friends were leaving Sam's Hookah Lounge at 2370 W. Alameda Ave. about 2 a.m. Monday when he and a gay friend were attacked by a man in a group of men in the parking lot calling them gay slurs.
Olson said one man followed the trio when they got in their car, then pulled open the door to the back seat where Olsen and his friend, who's also gay, were seated. The attacker repeatedly punched Olson in the face and also struck his friend. The male friend who was in the driver's seat was not harmed.
Olson said the beating left him covered in blood, with broken bones in his face that will require reconstructive surgery. He also had several teeth knocked out and chipped.
Olson said he feels sorry for the man who attacked him, because he is receiving support and the attacker won't.
"People don't like what they don't know," he said.
Olson's mother wept as she talked about what she'd say to the man who hurt her son.
"You hurt someone's child. I mean, you hurt another human being, who should have human rights," said his mother, Melody.
It's amazing that even in this moment when Jared is obviously in a lot of pain and is most likely feeling very uncertain regarding how he'll pay to fix the physical damage to his face, he's still showing his attacker compassion.
Jared's friends have set up a Facebook page where you can show your support: Justice For Jared.