Police identify suspect in attack on gay men at Austin pizza trailer during Pride

Posted on 26 Oct 2012 at 1:56pm

Victim Andrew Oppleman is shown after the attack.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post said the suspect had been arrested. A warrant has been issued, but the suspect has not yet been taken into custody.

Austin police have identified a suspect in an assault on two gay men at a downtown pizza trailer that occurred during LGBT Pride weekend.

Andrew Oppleman was ordering at Roppolo’s Pizza on Sept. 21 with friend Nick Soret when a man began asking Soret if he was looking at him. The man became enraged and attacked Soret, so Oppleman stepped in.

Oppleman was hit so hard six of his teeth were knocked out and it was believed he would need oral surgery for his fractured jaw.

Police later released surveillance video of the attack, and they say tips led them to Lambert Borgardt, 28, who when contacted admitted to his role in the incident.

Fox 7 reports today that have issued an arrest warrant for Borgardt charging with  him with aggravated assault, a second-degree felony.

If the case is prosecuted as an anti-gay hate crime under Texas’ statute, the offense could be bumped up to a first-degree felony.

Watch the surveillance video from the attack below.

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