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Suspect in alleged hate crime attack at gay bar surrenders to police

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — A Redwood City man wanted for allegedly beating up a man because of his sexual orientation turned himself in to the Sheriff’s Office around noon Wednesday, reports the Mercury News.

Cole White, 24, surrendered a day after a judge signed a $50,000 arrest warrant charging him with assault and a hate crime allegation.

“He provided a brief statement and said he would like to speak to an attorney,” Santa Cruz police spokesman Zach Friend said.

White is accused of beating up a Santa Cruz man in his 30s at the Blue Lagoon, a gay-friendly nightclub in downtown Santa Cruz early Sunday, according to police.

The attack happened after White allegedly yelled gay slurs at the man, calling him a “fag.”

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