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San Francisco Police Seek 3 Suspects In Hate Crime Attacks

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San Francisco Police released sketches of three people suspected of hate crime attacks in the Castro and Hayes Valley neighborhoods. (SFPD)

San Francisco Police released sketches of three people suspected of hate crime attacks in the Castro and Hayes Valley neighborhoods. (SFPD)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco police are asking the public’s help in finding three suspects believed to be responsible for two separate hate crime attacks in the city’s Castro and Hayes Valley neighborhoods in recent weeks.

The first assault occurred around 2:30 a.m. on March 29 in the 400 block of Castro Street, while the second occurred around 10:40 p.m. on April 7 near the intersection of Market and Gough streets, according to police.

In both cases, the suspects attacked victims while yelling homophobic remarks, police said.

The first suspect is described as a Hispanic man around 25 to 30 years old who is about 6 feet tall, weighs 170 pounds, has black hair and is clean-cut, according to police.

The second suspect is described as a Hispanic or white man who is about 25 to 30 years old, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs about 150 pounds and has blonde, spiky hair. He was last seen wearing a black puffy jacket and blue jeans, police said.

The third suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs about 150 pounds and has short blonde hair. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, police said.

Investigators believe the suspects speak with either an East Coast or foreign accent, and have released sketches of the three men.

Anyone with information about the suspects or who may have been victims of a similar incident are asked to call the Police Department’s special investigations division at (415) 553-1133.

People wishing to remain anonymous can also call a tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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