APD investigates possible hate crime attack

APD investigates possible hate crime attack

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Austin police are investigating a possible hate crime in downtown Austin. They say a man lost eight of his teeth after he was punched in the face.

Police say around midnight Saturday, 49-year-old Andrew Oppleman says he and his friends were standing in line to get pizza on Colorado Street near 4th Street. He says they were enjoying Austin's "Gay Pride" event.

Oppleman says his friend was looking at a guy standing in line that was acting strange, when the guy started pushing his friend. Oppleman says he tried to break them up and that is when he got punched in the face and lost eight teeth. He believes the man targeted them because they are gay.

"All of a sudden this fist was in my mouth and I lost eight teeth and I'm a director of sales I work a very public job. I'm a law abiding citizen that pays his taxes and works very hard day in and day out just like anyone in any other city. We shouldn't be subjected to this behavior," said Oppleman.

Oppleman described his attacker as a 6'2" Asian man.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Austin Police.

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