A gay couple were the apparent victims of a ‘hate crime’ that took place at Chelsea Dallas BBQ Tuesday night.
The violent attack, which was captured on a graphic video recording, shows a man violently bashing a wooden chair over a gay couple’s heads, knocking them to the ground and then shows two men kicking and hurling anti-gay slurs at the victims.
“These guys attacked us specifically because they knew we weren’t their type of people,” Jonathan Snipes, 32, told DNAinfo. Snipes had a tooth knocked loose and cartilage snapped in his ear during the beating.
“It was disgusting. It was awful,” Snipes added.
“A table near us audibly started making pretty gross comments about the two of us like, ‘White faggots, spilling drinks,’” Snipes said.
“I don’t let anyone talk to me like that. I went over there and asked, ‘What did you say about us?’” he added.
Snipes said he’s 140 pounds, never thrown a punch in his life and felt he posed no physical threat to anyone at the table, especially the two large men there — one of whom stands about 6 feet 4 inches, according to police.
“I may be a mouthy broad, but I wasn’t going to take it to that level,” Snipes said.
One of the men stood up and escalated the verbal confrontation, Snipes said.
“He turned it into a physical altercation very quickly,” he added.
Snipes says that the man knocked him to the ground and started kicking him in the face while saying, “Take that, faggot.”
His attacker quickly fled the scene while Snipes and Adams awaited police and medical help. No arrests have been made. An NYPD spokesman said an investigation is still ongoing, but that the incident is not currently being investigated as a hate crime by the department’s Hate Crime Task Force.
“We want this to go viral,” the couple’s friend Sarah Meyers told DNAinfo. “We need to find him. My friend could have been killed.”
The NY Daily News reports that a friend of the couple said the attacker “was calling them faggots all night. It’s disgusting.”
Here’s more footage of the sickening attack: