Seattle Police responded to Rancho Bravo early Sunday morning for an assault against a transgender woman.

Officers responded to the restaurant at 1001 E. Pine St. around 3:30 a.m. Sept. 17, where they found the victim with blood on her face and chest and a cut above her left eye, according to a police report.

The woman told officers she was at Rancho Bravo with a friend, and shortly after receiving her food she was approached by a man who began commenting on her gender and filming her with his phone. The woman corrected the man and told him he did not have her consent to film her, to which he replied that he could film whatever he wanted, the report states.

The man became upset when the victim told him that his mother would not be proud of him. It was at this point that one of the man’s friends approached them and asked what was going on. The report states after the first man told the second what the woman had said about his mother, the second man punched her in the face. The victim told police she wrapped her arms around the suspect’s legs. A witness told police it was at this point that the assailant, the first man and another accomplice with them joined in assaulting her while she was on the ground, the report states. The witness said he intervened, trying to pull the suspects off the victim.

The victim told officers she eventually pretended to be unconscious to get the men to stop. The men reportedly then left Rancho Bravo, jumping into a white Cadillac SUV. The victim said the last three digits of the license plate may have been 631.

Seattle Police Detective Patrick Michaud with the Public Affairs Office tells the Capitol Hill Times the investigation remains active. If anyone has information pertaining to this assault, they are asked to contact police at 206-625-5011.

Earlier this month the Seattle Police Department released bias-crimes statistics from the first six months of 2017. Criminal and noncriminal incidents were at 178, up from 128 this same time in 2016. Anti-LGBTQ malicious harassment cases increased to 25 in the first half of 2017, up from 19 in the first half of 2016. 

SPD reports incidents involving transgender individuals were documented at five cases of malicious harassment, three crimes with bias elements and four noncriminal bias incidents. 

Rancho Bravo Statement 9/21

Unfortunately, over the weekend an assault took place at the Capitol Hill premises late Saturday evening. Our staff physically intervened preventing further harm by separating the parties involved not knowing that an assault had taken place as opposed to a scuffle. The staff and ownership extend our sincere sympathy and support to the assault victim and wish for them to know that we will always do everything in our power to stand up for our customer/neighbor’s safety and well-being.

We have many, many friends in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, Seattle, and the surrounding areas. We are a diverse group of people who genuinely care about the welfare of all our neighbors and customers. People have come to know us as a warm and inviting place, regardless of race, religion, orientation or gender. Capitol Hill itself is a vibrant example of self-expression and freedom and that is part of the reason we love being here to serve our neighbors. We never have and never will tolerate hateful and threatening speech or behavior. If this type of behavior is ever observed it should immediately be reported to staff so that they can take appropriate safety measures. We love our community, we love serving our community and we love being a part of our community. If you have been to one of our locations then I am confident you have experienced this.

Up to now, out of respect for personal privacy we have had a policy of not monitoring the dining area. In light of recent events we will now change that policy.

If you or someone you know has any information, or photos or video regarding the assault incident please contact the Seattle Police Department immediately (Dial 911). Please help make the perpetrators accountable for their actions. You can also send any information you may have to ranchobravotacos@gmail.com. Any information you have can be sent anonymously.

Sincerely, Ownership and Staff 
Rancho Bravo Tacos