Nearly 10 months after a man jumped from a car and attacked a gay couple in the heart of Midtown, no arrests have been made despite video of the assault and the suspect.
Video shows the March 7 assault as it unfolds about 9 p.m. at the corner of Juniper and 11th streets, just steps away from gay popular restaurant Joe's on Juniper. The suspect jumped from a BMW that followed the gay couple as they held hands, honking at them, before the passenger jumped out and called the 33-year-old man a “faggot.” He then repeatedly punched him in the back of the head and shoved him into the street and oncoming traffic, according to an Atlanta police incident report.
The victim suffered cuts to his hands but refused medical treatment. The man's boyfriend stepped between the victim and his attacker, who began yelling, “I'm Mexican, I'm Mexican” before jumping back into the vehicle and fleeing the scene, according to the incident report.
Midtown Blue security cameras captured the attack. The suspect was recorded by the victim's boyfriend in the car making obscene hand gestures before leaving. The GA Voice first reported the incident on Dec. 10; on Tuesday, the media outlet published the video footage and additional details of the incident.
Atlanta police identified the driver of the BMW that stalked the gay couple, thanks to the video footage shot by the victim's boyfriend. But police tell the GA Voice that hasn't been enough to track down and charge the suspect who yelled the anti-gay slur and punched the 33-year-old man.
The APD would not comment on any specific questions regarding their handling of the case, saying it is open and remains under investigation.
“The suspect has not been identified at this time,” said APD spokeswoman Elizabeth Espy. “We do not know with certainty that the parties knew each other or had just met. We ask that anyone with information to please call CRIME STOPPERS Atlanta. 404-577-TIPS.”
The boyfriend of the victim tells the GA Voice that the slow pace of the investigation frustrates both men.
“We were told they talked to the guy and they said he doesn’t know the passenger, and that he picked the guy up on one block and dropped him off on another,” the witness says. “It’s crazy to me saying, ‘I don’t know the passenger in my car who beat up that guy.’ It’s just crazy, I don’t believe it.”
The couple asked the APD investigator to subpoena the driver’s phone records.
“There has to be a record of the passenger on there,” the witness says. “They said that was the end of it and they couldn’t do anything else. They weren’t able to get a subpoena”