Men charged with attack on gay man were found by cell phone
By TRACY JOHNSON
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER
A young man who bragged about how he'd just beaten up a man, then lent a cell phone to a stranger, can thank "caller ID" for helping police tie him and his friends to the attack, according to court documents.
Vadim Samusenko, 20, and David Kravchenko, 19, were charged yesterday with first-degree assault and malicious harassment -- a hate crime -- for the June 27 attack on Micah Painter, who was beaten and slashed, allegedly because he's gay.
A third suspect, 17, also has been arrested and could face charges Monday.
Painter was jumped outside Timberline Spirits at the bottom of Capitol Hill by men who were allegedly using a derogatory term for gays. They left the 23-year-old Seattle man with several long cuts and a stab wound.