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Victim of beating, hate crime talks about his attack

Posted at 11:36 PM, Apr 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-18 02:38:20-04

"It's painful and it's unreal"

Those are the words Kevin Raspberry used to describe the hateful ordeal he lived through on Saturday night. Raspberry was beaten, kicked and smacked repeatedly with a bamboo stalk in a Loga Heights alley.

His attacker is still on the loose.

Officers and paramedics responded shortly after 7:30 p.M. Saturday to the alley in the 2200 block of Imperial Avenue, where the victim was beaten in an apparently random attack, according to officer Robert Heims.

RELATED: Police: Man beaten with bamboo stick in Logan Heights is hate crime

Monday, San Diego police described the attack as a hate crime.

"I was coming through the alley and he just attacked me," raspberry said.

Raspberry says he was walking by the trolley stop off Imperial Avenue when a man walked up to him and began violently beating him for no reason.

"Put a big knot right here on my eye, and kicked me," he said. "And I was knocked out, and I don't remember anything else."

Police said while it happened, the attacker used racial epithets to express his dislike of African-Americans.  The suspect left the area but returned a short time later.

"How could this happen to me I wasn't doing nothing to anybody?" Raspberry said.

The 56-year-old was hospitalized with several injuries. He got out of the hospital Monday night with two black eyes, a torn ear and an aching leg.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic man, 5 foot-5 inches to 5-foot, 8-inches tall, clean shaven, wearing a blue hat, blue t-shirt, blue shorts and low top shoes. He had two tattoos on both calves, possibly an "S" and "D."

He is wanted on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and committing a hate crime.