AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two local businesses are being joined by others to increase a reward for any information leading to an arrest in a recent hate crime that sent an Austin couple to the hospital.
The two victims were chased down, called homophobic slurs and attacked. They were hospitalized for their injuries with broken bones and concussions.
After the initial report of the attack, the owners of two Austin establishments Rain on 4th and Oilcan Harry’s offered a reward of $5,000 for any information leading to an arrest for the hate crime.
Rain on 4th announced on social media, that they are being joined by several other Austin businesses in offering a reward for information leading to an arrest. The businesses joining include Austin Playhouse, Cyclistlaw Attorneys, Texas Motorcycle and Bike Crash Lawyers and R-Events: ‘Planning for your success’.
“I think it’s tragic in this day and age that this kind of thing still happens, and I certainly hope the reward will help put the perpetrators behind bars very soon,” said Jim Spencer, KXAN’s chief weather forecaster and one of the investors in the companies that own Rain on Fourth and Oil Can Harry’s.
The new combined reward is now $11,000 for any information that leads to an arrest.