FREMONT -- Two men assaulted at the Fremont BART station Friday evening were beaten after they reportedly mocked their attackers for being deaf, police said.

Officers responded about 11:25 p.m. to the south end of the west plaza, where a man was suffering from a head injury after been thrown into a set of bike racks, Lt. Steve Coontz said. Witnesses told police the man was attacked by a group of three to four deaf men, who also beat the man's friend.

Witnesses said the group of deaf men had approached the pair and asked them for cigarettes, and the victims claimed they didn't have any even though they were plainly visible, Coontz said. The two groups proceeded to get into an argument, which at some point escalated into the pair of men mocking the suspects for being hearing impaired.

"One of the guys later admitted that he and his buddy had said or done something that offended the group of men," Coontz said. "What that something was is not completely clear."

The group of men threw one of the men into the bike racks and punched and kicked the other before driving away in a white SUV, Coontz said. The first victim hit his head on the bike racks and received a laceration to his forehead, and was taken to Washington Hospital, while the other was treated at the scene.

Police did not have a complete description of the suspects, but said they were white men between 20 to 25 years old, all standing over 6 feet tall. Anyone with information about the incident may contact Fremont police at 510-790-6900.

Contact Erin Ivie at eivie@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/erin_ivie.



Fremont BART station.
Fremont BART station. (Bay Area News Group)