AUSTIN,Texas (FOX 7 Austin) - A $5,000 reward is being offered for any information that leads to the arrest of the people responsible for a brutal attack in downtown Austin.
Early Saturday morning, Spencer Deehring and Tristan Perry said they left RAIN Nightclub.
While walking to their car, a man passed them and said a homophobic slur.
Spencer said he responded saying, "I’m sorry, I couldn't hear you."
That's when the man called over about four other people who taunted the two as they walked down 3rd Street towards Congress Avenue.
Then, Deehring said, the men started punching and kicking Perry until he was unconscious.
On Tuesday, the Austin Police Department announced they will be investigating the attack as a hate-crime.
The owners of Rain on 4th and Oilcan Harry's are offering the reward. They released a statement Tuesday saying:
For too long gay-bashings have threatened our community. Historically and still to this day establishments like ours have provided sanctuary and security from these incidents. At Rain on 4th and Oilcan Harry’s we strive daily to provide a safe and tolerant environment for our community, and our actions do not stop at our doors. We will not stand by when our customers and community members are brutally assaulted simply for expressing their love.
We will continue to coordinate resources and actions to help ensure this crime is fully investigated and prosecuted. We are also working together on community safety measures to ensure we send a strong message that threats in the warehouse district will not be ignored.
Rain on 4th says they've been in contact with Mayor Steve Adler’s office, as well as Police Chief Brian Manley and Assistant Chief Justin Newsom.
Anyone having information concerning the crime is asked to call APD at 512-974-9207 or contact Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS. You may remain anonymous.