Gay bars, restaurants in Hillcrest sent threatening letters

SAN DIEGO - A police report has been filed after disturbing letters were sent several gay bars in Hillcrest.

At Baja Betty's, the drinks are flowing and so is the conversation about a letter addressed to the bar received a week ago.

"That kind of raised a little bit of an alarm," said Eddie Reynoso, marketing manager at Baja Betty's.

He showed 10News the 15-page letter written by "Eddie777, servant and messenger of God Yahweh." Yahweh is known as the proper name of God in the Old Testament.

The return address on the letter is an imaginary Los Angeles address.

The rambling letter calls the bar immoral, full of child molesters and sex addicts, and issues a warning if the bar doesn't shut down.

Reynoso read the letter to 10News: "God will punish you Mr. owner and staff, with luck, back luck, bad karma, injuries, car accidents, loss income, fight with other people and worst your future death."

Down the street, a nearly identical letter was delivered to Flicks video bar. Like the other letter, it was mailed with Pixar-themed stamps.

The bar staff posted the letter on its Facebook page, and bartender Christopher Charles said, "Posting it on Facebook shows those threats are still out there and that we aren't afraid. We want people to know."

The letters come amid the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's ruling that opened the door for gay marriage in California -- and a wave of other decisions favoring gay marriage.

"In my opinion, it's a definite reflection of the current progress toward equality," said Reynoso.

At both bars, staff members say because of the letters, there will be more vigilance, but not more fear.

"It's not going to distract us from our momentum. In fact, it's going to make us celebrate even more," said Reynoso.

Reynoso filed the police report Friday afternoon.

A police spokesperson said he'd check into the case, but has yet to release a statement.

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