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Jul 21, 2011 8:16 AM by Kate Richards

Police investigating possible anti-gay attacks

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - For the second time in less than a month, Colorado Springs police are investigating an assault in which the victims say anti-gay slurs were made.

The Gazette reports that two homeless men told police that two men made anti-gay slurs before stabbing them Sunday. The incident follows one in which at least one person reported he was beaten because the assailants believed he was gay.

Police are investigating the attack that occurred July 3 outside a restaurant.

Police Sgt. Steve Noblitt said Wednesday the stabbings aren't being investigated as a hate crime.

He says the motive could be the growing friction between transients squatting in vacant homes and area residents.

Two Colorado Springs men were arrested in the attack. The homeless men were treated for their injuries.

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