Four Men Charged In Brutal Beating Of Gay Couple Who Held Hands In Austin

Frank Macias, Quinn O'Connor, Miguel Macias, and Kolby Monell have been booked into the Travis County Jail.

Four men accused of brutally attacking a gay couple after leaving a bar in downtown Austin, Texas last month have been arrested, reports CBS Austin.

Frank Macias, Quinn O’Connor, Miguel Macias, and Kolby Monell were booked into the Travis County Jail and each have been charged with two counts of aggravated assault. Their bonds have been set at $150,000 for each charge, for a total of $300,000. The other two men who have been arrested and charged are Quinn O’Connor, and Kolby Monnel.

Spencer Deehring and Tristan Perry said they had just left a gay bar called Rain and were walking together back to their car when a man passing by called them “f–gots” under his breath.

“I’m sorry I couldn’t hear you,” Deehring says he retorted back.

Then he said that man called over to his group of friends who were out of sight.

“They started following behind us pretty closely yelling every expletive you can think of,” Deehring said. “The last thing I said to one of the guys before they attacked both of us was like, ‘I don’t have anything more to say to you guys, we’re just going home, leave us alone.’”

One of the men then punched Perry in the face, knocking him to the ground. Then two other men hit him with another man kicking Perry in the back of the head, according to Deehring.

He said that Perry was knocked unconscious.

“The last blow he took was an extremely long kick to the back of his head, so, at that point, I thought he was dead,” Deehring said.

“I thought that that kick alone had killed him and so, when he was just lying there, my first instinct kicked in to kind of just charge at the guy that kicked him because I wanted to create some kind of diversion.”

He said he attempted to tackle one of the men and the attackers responded by punching him until he was knocked unconscious.

A bystander called 911 and waited there until police and EMS arrived.

Both Deehring and Perry were hospitalized.

“If the bystander had not been there [the attackers] may have continued, it may have been much worse,” Deehring said.

The couple believes that their attackers were triggered by seeing them holding hands.

Perry suffered a laceration on the back of his head, a broken nose, swelling in his face up to his cheekbones, a busted lip, chipped teeth, neck and upper back pain and memory lapses.

According to CBS Austin:

Officials were able to get surveillance video of the incident and on January 23, officials received a tip that helped identify 22-year-old Frank Macias and another suspect.

According to an affidavit, Frank Macias admitted to the attack and implicated his brother, Miguel, as well as O’Connor and Monell, as being part of the fight, punching and kicking the victims.

According to FBI statistics, hate crimes soared 17% in the United States in 2017.