Police: Man arrested for hate crime after threatening gay shoppers

SEATTLE -- A man was arrested for a hate crime after making homophobic remarks at pair of gay shoppers and threatening to cut them with a knife early Wednesday in a Capitol Hill QFC, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to police, the victims were shopping in the grocery store at Broadway and East Pike Street around 1 a.m. when the suspect "leered" at the female victim and told her she was "very sexy."

The male victim stepped in and told the suspect to be more respectful. But, the suspect said he could stare at whoever he wanted to and pulled out a knife, according to police.

The suspect reportedly made a number homophobic remarks at the victims, who are both gay, then threatened to cut them before running off.

Officers found the suspect a block away and arrested him. According to police, he had two knives on him at the time of the arrest.

The man was booked into King County Jail for investigation of malicious harassment under the state's hate crime statute.