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July 23, 2014 at 2:32 PM

SPD: Man threatens strangers with knife, goes on ‘homophobic rant’

Seattle police say they arrested a man this morning after he pulled a knife on two people inside a supermarket while in the midst of a “homophobic rant.”

A man and woman, who police identified as gay, were shopping at the QFC at Broadway and East Pike Street around 1 a.m. when the armed man began leering at the woman, police said.

The man told the woman she was “very sexy” so her friend stepped in and told the man to be more respectful, according to police. The man ignored him and said he could stare at whomever he wanted.

During the confrontation, the man pulled out a knife, made several homophobic remarks to the two friends and threatened to cut them, police said.

The armed man fled, but police quickly found him a block away and arrested him.

Officers searched the man and found he was carrying two knives. He was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of malicious harassment, Washington State’s hate crime statute.

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