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Police arrest machete-wielding teen in possible antigay hate crime

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machete spotted making threats and yelling anti-gay slurs this weekend.The incident occurred in Northwest DC on Saturday. Fox DC 5 reports that the juvenile–who has not been publicly identified–began yelling anti-gay slurs at Troy Howley who was dining outside at Shaw’s Tavern, a local restaurant.

The assailant also began stabbing cicadas on a nearby tree, and flicking them at the victim and his friends while they ate.“I’ll silence you,” the attacker allegedly told his victim.Related: Police investigating murder of 24-year-old trans woman as a hate crimePolice have opened a hate crime investigation into the incident, which also happened to coincide with queer pride events in Washington this weekend.

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