An Air Force pilot from Join Base Lewis-McChord was attacked Sept. 5 during a protest in Olympia, Washington, according to local police.
Olympia police said they are searching for two men who are believed to be part of a “local hate group” that describe themselves as “anarchists,” Air Force Times reported.Police said the men were taking part in a protest around 10 p.m. when they saw two Confederate flag on the back of the victim’s motorcycle, surrounded him and tried to knock him down.
The suspects then sprayed the victim in the face with mace, hit him on the back with a baseball bat and then struck him with a glass bottle filled with red paint. Police have not identified the victim, who suffered injuries to his eyes, shoulder and back. A witness who tried to help the man was also sprayed in the face with mace.
Security cameras operated by the city captured images from the protest. Police said about 100 people were part of the protest, which was aimed at law enforcement.
The suspects were described as white males wearing camouflage, dark clothing and masks over their faces.
When police officers responded to the assault, the men and the rest of the protestors ran to City Hall and began breaking windows and doors on the building using bats, metal poles, rocks and paint balloons.