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2 Men Beaten At Fremont BART Station By Group Who They Mocked For Being Deaf

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FREMONT (CBS SF) – Two men were beaten at the Fremont Bay Area Rapid Transit station Friday evening by a group of men who apparently were mocked for being deaf, according to a published report.

Fremont Police Lt. Steve Coontz told Bay Area News Group that officers responded just before 11:30 p.m. to the station and found a man suffering from a head injury after being thrown into bike racks on the south end of the Fremont station.

Witnesses said the man and his friend had been attacked by a group of three or four deaf men who had asked the pair for cigarettes, according to the report. After the pair refused to give them cigarettes, the two groups then got into an argument which then led to the pair mocking the suspects for being hearing-impaired, the report said.

“One of the guys later admitted that he and his buddy had said or done something that offended the group of men,” Coontz told Bay Area News Group. “What that something was is not completely clear.”

The men then tossed one victim into the bike racks and punched and kicked the other before driving away in a white SUV, Coontz told Bay Area News Group. The first man was hospitalized after getting a laceration on his forehead, while the other man was treated at the scene, the report said.

The suspects were described as white men in their early 20s, each over six feet tall. Anyone with information about the incident were asked to call Fremont Police at 510-790-6900.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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