LONG BEACH (CBS) — Long Beach police are beefing up security after a string of attacks on gay men.
Martin Sanchez is one of five men to be assaulted in three unrelated attacks in the past 10 days. Sanchez was beaten after he reportedly told his attacker that he’s gay.
Two of the assaults, which have been labeled hate crimes by police, happened in Long Beach’s gay-friendly Broadway Avenue corridor.
Sanchez’s friend caught the man who attacked him. However, Long Beach police are looking for at least two other suspects, and will be increasing patrols in the area to prevent future attacks.