SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah)- A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those involved in an alleged attack of two men leaving the Utah Pride Festival on Sunday.
According to the Utah Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the organization offering the reward, the alleged attack happened outside of an ice cream shop called Doki Doki located at 249 East 400 South on Sunday.
A social media post by the ice cream shop said one of their employees was attacked while attempting to protect a gay couple that was seeking shelter inside the store.
“We need to come together and combat this and figure out who is doing this,” said Tracey Dean, with Utah Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
“It’s just so — disheartening, disconcerting, that really in this day and age we still have to deal with the homophobic slurs, and the death threats — that’s essentially what was happening that night. And no one should be faced with that,” added Dean.
Utah Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce identified the worker as Terrance Mannery.
“Mannery attempted to protect the gay couple as they fled into the shop, saying they were being chased and called homophobic slurs and making death threats,” a press release stated. “As Mannery tried to close and lock the doors to the shop, at least one of the perpetrators attacked him.”
The chamber is offering the reward for new information leading to the successful apprehension and prosecution of the perpetrators.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Salt Lake City Police Department at 801-799-3000.