Man Beaten in Anti-Gay Assault in NYC's West Village
Police are looking for two men in connection with an anti-gay hate crime that occurred over the weekend in NYC's West Village, blogger Steph Watts reports:
"26 year old Damian Furtch was on his way home from work at a restaurant late Sat night (Sunday morning), when he stopped off at a McDonalds in NYC’s West Village ( a predominantly gay area) to get some food. It was approx. 4:30 am. While inside the restaurant Damian noticed 2 men staring at him – giving him 'looks' – we have all been there, we know what this feels like. It was late, Damian was tired, he felt uncomfortable and he didn’t want any trouble so he left. He was across the street, walking away while on the phone to a friend when the 2 men from McDonalds approached him and asked him 'if he had a problem' before he knew it he was punched in the face by one man, then instantly felt another punch by the second perp, and then he heard it – 'You F**king Faggot' , the words as hurtful as the punches."
"One of the perps has a huge tattoo of a gothic cross under his left eye..it was approximately 2 inches," according to Watts, and police are reportedly looking at surveillance tape from McDonald's.
Furtch posted photos labeled "Gay Bash" of his bruised and stitched up face on Facebook.
Wrote Furtch on his Facebook page: "WELL I THOUGHT I WAS SAFE IN THE CITY I LOVED BUT APPARENTLY WEARING FLORESCENT COLORED CLOTHING AND PINK SHOES LACES REALLY BOTHER SOME F**KING ASSHOLES TO BLIND SIDE ME AND HIT ME.....4 STICHES THANKS BITCHES"
Just terrible. We wish Damian the best in his recovery and efforts to bring the attackers to justice.