Suspect arrested for transgender hate crime in Boulder

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BOULDER, Colo. — Boulder Police arrested and charged Paul Wettengel, age 45, after he assaulted a man and transgender female at a bus stop.

Wettengel was charged with third degree assault and bias-motivated crime (causing bodily injury).

The victim of the disturbance was a 21-year-old transgender female who identifies as male.

While waiting at a bus stop in the 1600 block of 28th St., the 21-year-old saw the suspect have a disagreement with another man.

Wettengel shoved the other man, causing him to hurt his head and the 21-year-old intervened.

The victim told police that Wettengel punched himĀ in the face, then grabbed his breasts and stomach area.” He also called the victim “derogatory names related to homosexuality” and being transgender.

Wettengel was taken to Boulder County Jail.

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