Tilo Sandoval formally charged with a felony in alleged bias-motivated beating of gay men

The suspect in what Denver Police called a bias-motivated beating of two gay men appeared in court to be formally charged Tuesday.

Tilo Sandoval, 20, turned himself in one day after police announced he was wanted on an arrest warrant. He is currently free on a $30,000 bond.

Police said Sandoval was a suspect in a group that shouted gay slurs and attacked to men in the parking lot of Sam's Hookah Lounge at 2370 W. Alameda Ave. in the early morning hours of Sept. 2.

The Denver District Attorney's Office has charged Sandoval with two assault counts, including one felony count, and a bias-motivated crime felony.

He is scheduled to return to court for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 17.