Three brothers are accused of committing a hate crime by attacking and beating a gay man at a West side apartment complex.
San Antonio police arrested Juan Huerta-Gonzalez, 35; Aurelio Huerta-Gonzalez, 33; and Filiberto Huerta-Gonzalez, 30, on a charge of assault-hate crime Sunday evening.
According to a police report, a 48-year-old man who lives at the complex, located in the 6000 block of W. Commerce Street, told investigators he was washing his clothes when he was attacked in the complex’s laundry room.
The report stated that the alleged victim told them that the youngest brother, Filiberto, called him a derogatory name in Spanish and told him he doesn’t like gays.
One of the suspects also accused him of flirting, the report stated.
"According to the victim, he believes that his sexual orientation is the reason why he was confronted by these suspects,” said Officer Matthew Porter, spokesman for the San Antonio Police Department. “We are carrying this as a hate crime."
The man told police all three brothers, along with a fourth man, attacked him. He said he was knocked to the ground, punched, kicked and bitten on the knuckle, the report stated.
Officers later arrested the three brothers at their apartment in the same complex.
They said the alleged victim was not able to identify the fourth man.
"One of the suspects made mention that the victim would look at him. Again, that's no reason to assault this individual,” Porter said. “You have a right to choose your religion, your sexual orientation."
Hate crimes are fairly rare in San Antonio, Porter said.
Police records show there has been one other case reported so far this year, and 17 hate crimes reported last year, he said.
The suspects were all booked into the Bexar County jail, where they were held for Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.