DENVER - A suspect in what Denver Police are calling a bias-motivated beating of a gay man surrendered to police on Tuesday.
Denver Police said via Twitter just before 6 p.m. that Tilo Sandoval, 20, had turned himself in one day after police announced he was wanted on an arrest warrant. He faces felony charges of assault causing injury, second-degree assault and bias-motivated crime.
Sandoval is being held in Denver's downtown jail on $30,000 bond. His first court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday morning.
Police say Sandoval is a suspect in the brutal beating of 23-year-old Jared R. Olson, who was attacked by a man in a group shouting gay slurs at Olson and another gay man in the parking lot of Sam's Hookah Lounge at 2370 W. Alameda Ave. in the early morning hours of Sept. 2.
Police said Monday that Sandoval was avoiding arrest by keeping on the move and staying with friends and associates.
Olson said the beating left him covered in blood, with broken bones in his face that will require an estimated $50,000 in reconstructive surgery. He also had several teeth knocked out and chipped.
"I didn't think that I looked that bad, until my mother had taken the picture and shown me," Olson he told 7NEWS last week. "I didn't think it would ever happen to me. I thought people were more sensible than that in this day in age,” he said.
Denver Police ask anyone with information about this crime to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or text 274637 (CRIMES), enter the title DMCS and your message. Tipsters can remain anonymous and earn a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and charging of those responsible for this crime.