Prosecutors: Crown Hill Bus Altercation an Anti-Gay Hate Crime
A Texas man accused of using anti-gay slurs while threatening a man in Seattle now faces a hate crime charge.
King County prosecutors claim Gregory B. Augustus threatened to assault another man at a Crown Hill bus stop. According to charging documents, Augustus, who’d been living in Seattle for a month at the time, continued to use the anti-gay slur after police removed him from the Metro bus.
“Oh, I forgot. I am in Washington state. We need to protect the (anti-gay slur),” the 49-year-old told police, according to charging documents.
At 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 20, the alleged victim and Augustus were waiting for a bus at the corner of Northwest 90th Street and 15th Avenue Northwest when Augustus accosted the other man, a Seattle detective told the court.