Capitol Hill

Police: Drunk man punched after telling Muslim not to drink

SEATTLE -- They say there are two things one never discusses in polite conversation: religion and politics. That's a lesson that was quickly and forcefully imparted on a drunk man who decided to lecture a Muslim about drinking.

According to the Seattle Police Department's report for the incident, the victim called 911 around 2:10 a.m. Sunday to report being punched in the face 20 minutes earlier at a Capitol Hill bar.

Officers met up with the victim, who was intoxicated and couldn't remember the bar's name or where it was located.

Regardless, he said he was at the bar when he saw a Middle Eastern-looking man drinking an alcoholic drink.

According to the report, the victim asked the man if he was a Muslim. When the man said he was, the victim started telling him he should not be drinking alcohol.

That's when the victim got punched in the face, according to the report.

The victim, who might now consider minding his own business in the future, was taken to Swedish Hospital with a swollen face and nose.

UPDATE: Melissa Genovese, whose brother was punched in the incident, tells KOMO he was not being confrontational or derogatory to the man who attacked him.

She said it was his birthday, so he was fairly drunk, but he is a "happy drunk." She said her brother simply said it was funny the man was drinking because Muslim people don't drink.

Genovese said the man's wife had been flirting with her brother, so that may have contributed to the attack, which left her brother with a broken eye socket and nose.

She said she hopes the Seattle Police Department can catch her brother's attacker.