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Straight man says he was gay-bashed
A Fleetwood man was beaten badly this week, he says, because his attacker thought he was gay.
"The catch is, I'm not gay," said 25-year-old Kerry Tyler Street.
Street was skateboarding down 104 Avenue near 146 Street on Wednesday shortly after 3 p.m. when he came too close to another man.
He says in a video posted on YouTube that the man jumped in front of him and punched him in the face, breaking his jaw and knocking his teeth loose. On another blow, the attacker broke his nose.
When Street fell to the ground, the attacker continued to kick him.
All the while, he was yelling at him calling him gay.
"I'm lying in a pool of my own blood, just getting bigger and bigger, and he just walks away," Street said.
He's never seen the man before, and says he didn't try to take his money or his skateboard, and that it seemed he just wanted to deliver a beating.
"He didn't like my face, so he tried to rearrange it," Street said. "I think that man was just a ticking time bomb – he was just looking for someone to injure."
Street said he holds no ill-will to his attacker, and actually feels sorry for him.
"If that's the way he treats people – if that's the way he derives pleasure – he will never know true love," Street said in the video. "He will never know true happiness."
Police are investigating the attack as an unprovoked assault, but not a hate crime as of yet.
It's possible the attacker was calling him those names to aggravate Street, police said.
Surrey RCMP is looking for a Caucasian man, 6', with short blonde hair.
Anyone with any information about the attack is asked to call 604-599-0502.