Montrose bar patron attacked with baseball bat

A man leaving a bar in Houston’s heavily gay Montrose area was badly beaten by a suspect wielding a baseball bat last weekend. OutSmart reports that the 46-year-old victim, who asked not to be identified, suffered two broken arms, numerous bruises, and a head wound that required 14 staples to close. The suspect remains at large, and the victim said there was another similar beating in the area about a month ago. Police aren’t currently treating last weekend’s incident as a hate crime but say their investigation remains open. From OutSmart:

The attack, which occurred on Sunday night near the corner of Crocker St. and Fargo St., was witnessed by several people. …

“He didn’t say anything, he just put his bat in his hand and had this look in his eyes like, ‘I’m gonna kill you,’ ” said the man, who wanted to remain anonymous. “He started swinging and I started running.” …

The victim, who remains at home and is estimated to take six weeks to two months to recover, said he knows of at least one other similar attack which occurred in the same area about a month ago.

“He’s out there at night waiting for someone to come walking down the street after the bar closes,” he said, “and he’ll jump out and hit them.”

—  John Wright