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Police search for group of suspects in possible hate crime in Phoenix

Caesar Marin
Posted at 3:29 PM, Mar 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-18 18:29:42-04

PHOENIX, AZ — Phoenix police say as many as 10 people may have been involved in the assault of a driver.

Police spokesman Tommy Thompson said Monday that investigators are searching for suspects in the Friday night attack downtown.

Authorities say 41-year-old Caesar Marin exchanged words with a pedestrian after she caused him to stop his car suddenly. She allegedly called him a homophobic slur before flicking a cigarette butt into his car.

Marin says he got out to confront her when a second woman "rushed" him.

He pushed her, causing her to fall. Witnesses say that's when several people ran out from a nearby business and kicked and hit the victim.

Marin suffered a broken nose, bruises and lacerations. Investigators are also searching for the two women.