A man wearing a ‘MAGA’ (Make America Great Again) hat allegedly used anti-gay slurs before using a sword to slash a man outside a San Francisco roller rink.
Police are on the search for the perpetrator, who fled the scene outside the Church of 8 Wheels, a popular adults-only roller skating rink in San Francisco’s Western Addition.
Scott Sweeney, a witness at the scene, took to Twitter to describe the incident. It took place on Saturday, 30 March.
‘Tonight, a MAGA chud targeted a queer friendly roller skating event in San Francisco. We had seen him earlier as we were going in, he called us f*ggots,’ Sweeney wrote. ‘He followed us up to the event with a sword, we made it in okay, but he attacked someone outside.’
‘My girlfriend and I had to get cash for the roller skating event from a convenience store across the street,’ Sweeney explained. ‘We went there, got cash and a beer, and walked out. Leaning against the wall 15 feet away from the convenience store was a man with a MAGA hat, we walked by him.’
‘He glared at us, we noticed the hat and the glare and flipped him off. He started yelling homophobic slurs at us. We walked across the street back to the roller skating event and drank the beer next to the entrance. He was staring at us the whole time.’
‘We finished the beer, walked up to the entrance and waited in line to pay for tickets just outside the doors to get in. We then saw him walk up the stairs (hat now turned backwards), and poke his head in the door then walk back,’ he continued. ‘He walked by us and under his breath said “not my scene” to me and my girlfriend before turning his back. As he turned his back to us, we noticed a large item tucked in the back of his jacket with what looked like a sword handle poking out the top.’
‘In our minds, it was so bizarre that we thought it was just an anime enthusiast with a fake sword. He then walked back down the stairs and stood on the sidewalk glaring at us. At that point we were weirded out and shuffled quickly into the lobby.’
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, police arrived at the scene around 9:50 PM on the report of a stabbing. They learned that the victim, whose name wasn’t released, got into a verbal dispute with the perpetrator. The victim allegedly tried to grab the MAGA hat and that’s when the sword attack happened. The victim was cut severely on the hand.
‘In my mind I didn’t think it was a real sword until we came out later and police were on the scene and there was blood and the hat on ground,’ Sweeney said on Twitter. ‘We walked in, had a roller skating time, we then came back out to the police tape and blood and the MAGA hat on the ground. We gave our report to the police – we were dumbfounded, he clearly had intentions to hurt us. He had been biding his time across the street watching the event.’
‘I came outside. The guy was cut. He was bleeding like you wouldn’t believe,’ David Miles, aka ‘Sk8father,’ who owns the rink, told the Chronicle. ‘He was just gushing blood, so we got the first aid kit from inside and tried to stop the bleeding.’
‘This is the last thing you think is going to happen. I’m very, very, very concerned,’ Miles added. ‘I don’t really know what to think.’
Paramedics arrived at the scene and took the victim to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Like Sweeney, Miles took to social media to discuss the incident, posting a picture of the bloody aftermath on Facebook.
Police are asking that anyone with information about the attack call them at +1 415-575-4444.