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Las Vegas police investigating possible hate crime on Strip

Las Vegas police investigating possible hate crime on Strip

By Spencer Lubitz. CREATED Apr 22, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Las Vegas police are investigating a possible hate crime after a gay man was assaulted leaving a Las Vegas nightclub.

The victim tells Action News that he and two friends were headed back to their car after leaving the nightclub. On their way, they passed two men, one of whom allegedly shouted a gay slur at the victim before punching him, knocking him to the ground.

"I fell to my knees and I just noticed all this blood coming out of my mouth. I could tell that my tooth was loose," said Matthew Horowitz.

Horowitz ended up losing that tooth. He also received a laceration, stretching from his mouth to the inside of his cheek. He needed several stitches to close the wound.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says the suspect is described as a black male, about 25-years-old, around six-feet-tall and weighing approximately 160 pounds.

There is also a second black male who Metro says is a person of interest.

No arrests have been made in the case.