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Man gets hearing for allegedly gay bashing friend
August 09, 2013, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Santos Marquez-Montiagudo

A 36-year-old man accused of savagely beating a friend with a large bicycle U-lock because the man is bisexual will learn late next month if he will stand trial for several crimes including the allegation the brutal assault was a hate crime.

Santos Manuel Marquez-Montiagudo is also charged with assault with a deadly weapon, assault by means of force causing great bodily injury and battery causing serious bodily injury in the attack that left the 55-year-old victim with a fractured skull, jaw, orbital bone and rib. He has pleaded not guilty and will be back in court Sept. 24 for a preliminary hearing on the evidence.

Prosecutors contend Marquez-Montiagudo and another friend met up with the victim on July 20 at a San Mateo taqueria where the victim shared his bisexuality. After the trio left the business to drink elsewhere, Marquez-Montiagudo told the victim not to walk by him because he didn’t want others to mistake him as gay.

When the man refused to leave, Marquez-Montiagudo grabbed the lock from his bike and began beating his head and body, according to the District Attorney’s Office. San Mateo police found the badly injured man near the 700 block of Santa Inez Avenue.

The following Wednesday police arrived at Marquez-Montiagudo’s home on the 300 block of North Humboldt Street but he fled out a window. He was caught after a short chase. Police reported finding the U-lock used in the attack.

Marquez-Montiagudo remains in custody on a $1 million bail bond and, if freed, is prohibited from contacting his alleged victim.

He has prior convictions for domestic violence and disturbing the peace.



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