Sytman and Boze said that a sport utility vehicle pulled up alongside him and someone asked if he was in the military and if he had been in any action. Apparently the Guardsman indicated that he had.
The individuals exited their vehicle brandishing a weapon and proceeded to beat the guardsman.
As they left the scene, the attackers called the guardsman "a baby killer."
The driver as described as a white man, 25-30 years old, with short blond hair, wearing a black T-shirt and jeans. The passengers were white males about the same age with red baseball hats and red sweatshirts during the attack. Apparently a $1,000 reward is being offered.
Also reporting the story, Tacoma News Tribune: Guardsman attacked, beaten in Parkland.
Investigators suspect the man was attacked because of his uniform. "The indication is it’s because he was a soldier," sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.Are our Pacific Northwest peace activists and left wingers changing tactics, or, were there other reasons for the attack?
"There are some specific questions (the attackers asked) that were military related and what his involvement in the war was."
Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to arrests and charges filed in an attack against a uniformed National Guard soldier in Parkland. Callers remain anonymous. Reach Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959.
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