Salt Lake City police are looking for leads after a man was allegedly attacked while trying to defend two gay men who were being chased after the Utah Pride Festival.
Detective Greg Wilking said Tuesday the two men were leaving the festival around 10:30 p.m. Saturday when a group of young white men approached from an alley and made homophobic slurs. The couple sought refuge in a nearby ice cream shop.
Wilking said the group of between seven and 15 men followed them and attacked an employee who stepped in the way. The employee suffered minor injuries.
The Utah Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce said Tuesday it was offering $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and prosecution.
Witnesses described seeing the couple chased by a group of about 15 white men in their 20s into Doki Doki down the street from the Utah Pride Festival. The witnesses said the men shouted homophobic slurs. Terrance Mannery told FOX 13 that when he tried to protect the couple, he was attacked and suffered a cut on his face.