PORTLAND — Portland police are investigating a possible hate crime in which a group of men attacked another man at 2 a.m. on Cumberland Avenue.

The man told police he was walking near 165 Cumberland Ave. when a man punched him in the face repeatedly and called him derogatory names referring to the perception that he was gay.

The man received bruises to his face and a minor cut. A witness told police that the group of men surrounded the victim and that it included two or three black men and one white man. The victim said his attacker was a white man with short brown hair, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and with an average to thin build.

Anyone with information is asked to call Portland police at 874-8533.