Miami Beach police say an embrace between two gay men led to a vicious attack at a South Beach Burger King Whopper Bar that was caught on surveillance video.
The incident happened March 14 at Whopper Bar, 1101 Washington Ave, a popular post-partying fast food destination located across the street from longtime gay bar Twist.
Couple, Eric Danko, 25, and Jordon Schaeffer, 24, told police they began kissing inside the fast-food joint. They say other patrons in the restaurant started shouting slurs, including “faggot.”
Miami New Times reports:
In the clip, one man, in a black T-shirt, can be seen picking up one of the victims and slamming him to the ground. The melee continues on the floor, and at one point one man gets the other victim in a headlock with his legs. Other customers try to break up the fight, but another man in a long-sleeved white shirt pushes others away, apparently to let the fight continue.
The fight eventually breaks up, and the aggressors can be seen leaving the restaurant. According to Local 10, Danko then left the restaurant to go after the men and got into another fight a block away. Danko was eventually arrested for his part in the fight. He later admitted to being under the influence of GHB.
Schaeffer also suffered injuries in the melee but was not charged.
According to social media, the pair was in town visiting from Los Angeles.
Police are looking for the man in the black T-shirt. Police also hope to identify the man in the long-sleeved white shirt.
Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.