An arrest warrant has been issued for a man who was filmed punching another man in an alleged homophobic attack.
Sal Trejo and his friends were out in Salt Lake City when they were approached by Carlo Alazo who started making homophobic and misogynistic comments towards them.
The group then started to film him and when they asked him to leave, he refused and is seen asking the victim: “Are you gay though?”
To which Trejo replied: “Oh, I am.” The man then is heard asking, “Oh, then you’re gay?” and before the victim can answer, the man started punching and shoving him.
In a statement on Twitter, Trejo said that they called the police, but the man continued to call them ‘f*****s’ before pulling out a knife.
He then ran off and drove away in his car.
My friends and I were assaulted by this homophobic man in downtown Salt Lake City last night. Anyone know him? The police are interested in having a chat with him. #SaltLakeCity @slcpd @slcmayor @EqualityUtah pic.twitter.com/1tPFSCADOp— Salonge Knowles (@saltrejo) February 17, 2019
And now, the Salt Lake Tribune reported that Alazo failed to attend his court hearing on Friday and a warrant for his arrest has been issued.
According to court documents, Alazo called the court and said that he had sent a motion requesting a 90-day continuance because he lives in Tampa, Florida.
The court reportedly did not receive the request and he was advised to call the court back. The judge then issued a $2,500 warrant for his arrest.
He faces one count of threatening to use a weapon in a fight and two counts of assault, but he does not face a hate crime charge because Utah laws don’t address sexual orientation.