Hate crime suspect attacked man in Flats East Bank, Cleveland police say

CLEVELAND– Detectives hope to identify the man they say shouted racial remarks before assaulting another man.

It happened at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday on Old River Road near Coastal Taco in the Flats East Bank. Cleveland police are calling the attack a hate crime.

The victim and his friend were ordering from the food cart when the suspect started screaming. According to police, he said, “You don’t belong here. Go back to your own country.”

The man punched the 22-year-old victim in the face multiple times, causing him to hit his head on the cement and lose consciousness, police said. He suffered a broken jaw and several teeth were knocked out.

He was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

On Monday, investigators released photos of the suspect, who might be named “Greg.”

Anyone who recognizes him should call Detective Williams at 216-623-2708.