SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Prosecutors have filed misdemeanor assault and other charges against a man accused of throwing a punch at a stranger in Salt Lake City after confirming he was gay.
Charges filed Friday say Carlo Alazo of Tampa, Florida, was the man captured on cell-phone video that gained widespread attention online over the weekend.
It also drew attention to the debate over Utah's hate-crimes law, which doesn't protect specific groups and prosecutors have said is essentially unusable.
A proposal to strengthen it passed a legislative committee this week, though it's expected to face a tight vote on the Senate floor.
Alazo was charged with two counts of assault and one of threatening to use a dangerous weapon for allegedly brandishing a knife.
No attorney was immediately listed for him, and a phone number went unanswered.