Man threatens J'lem gay gathering with baseball bat

By MELANIE LIDMAN
July 24, 2012 10:41

 
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Police arrested a 58-year-old Jewish man from Jerusalem on Monday night after he showed up at the screening of a movie at a local coffee shop with a baseball bat and started screaming homophobic obscenities.

The incident took place at the Shabazi Room coffee shop in the Nahlaot neighborhood on Monday evening, where about three dozen people gathered to watch a documentary about the gay community. The man came down from his apartment, located just next to the coffee shop, armed with a baseball bat and tried to hit members of the audience while yelling offensive things about their sexual orientation before fleeing, police said.

Police who arrived on the scene searched the immediate area and arrested him, and during the investigation the man admitted he had threatened the audience. He was brought before the Jerusalem Magistrate Court on Tuesday for a remand hearing.

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