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Two Arrested in New Brutal Attack of Two Gay Men in NYC


ABC7 reports that two men have been arrested in connection with an attack on a gay couple near the 33rd street PATH station in Manhattan. The victims sustained facial injuries and one had to undergo eye surgery:

Police say early the two victims were denied access to an after-hours billiards club. They were then approached by a group of men who allegedly shouted gay slurs and beat the men, according to police. The alleged attack continued after the victims tried to escape and ended up across the street near the 33rd street PATH station.

Two suspects were arrested as others got away on foot. The suspects were identified as Asllan Berisha, 21, and Brian Ramirez, 21, both of New York City.

Watch ABC7's video report on the attack, which shows the attackers, AFTER THE JUMP...

Law enforcement is working to figure out if there is a link between today's attack and one that occurred on Sunday during a Knicks game. Yesterday, police released video of eight people wanted in questioning in that attack.

The NY Post adds:

Asllan Berisha, of West 95th Street, and Brian Ramirez, of Third Avenue, both 21 and of Manhattan, are charged with gang assault and assault as a hate crime and are awaiting arraignment in Manhttan Criminal Court.

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  1. Horrible. The only consolation is that two of the punk cowards were arrested. My heart goes out to the two men who were assaulted. What will it take to stop these attacks? Is it time to answer violence with violence?

    Posted by: mikeinqueens | May 10, 2013 3:25:06 PM

  2. Billiards? Is this the 18th century? I know it's wrong to say it, but the guy on the left is hot

    Posted by: danswon | May 10, 2013 3:27:39 PM

  3. where is the outrage from all christians, jews, muslims, buddhists, scientologists, etc., over these ongoing, multiple, senseless, violent attacks?

    Posted by: northalabama | May 10, 2013 3:34:20 PM

  4. So what happens when the police isn't around to break up the beating on two unarmed gay men with the brilliant idea of walking alone at 5 am?

    Posted by: Lucrece | May 10, 2013 3:35:01 PM

  5. LISTEN UP: You have to be careful when you're out on the street [presumably drunk] at 5 AM.
    That being said, I'm glad they caught the
    d-bags who attacked these fine men. I hope they throw the book at them.

    Posted by: Gigi | May 10, 2013 3:35:07 PM

  6. @northalabama - they're not concerned with this attack. nor any of them. nor the high number of children killed by guns in America in the last 10 days (let alone ten weeks, months, years, etc.)

    they're far too worried about what will happen when Deb & Sue, whom they've never met, get a legal marriage license.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 10, 2013 3:36:01 PM

  7. Violence with violence? Yes, fighting back is always a great way to protect yourself if you can do that, but many of the victims aren't skilled enough to engage in a fight or are just overpowered.

    Posted by: HirsuteHeuristics | May 10, 2013 3:36:25 PM

  8. 5am and still wanting to drink after being denied entry? There's more to this case than what is being reported right now.

    Posted by: Sam | May 10, 2013 3:40:03 PM

  9. What self-respecting NYC gay man hangs out around Penn Station/MSG/Herald Square? Crappy Irish pubs, fast food chains, and trashy B&T crowds.

    Posted by: UDontKnow | May 10, 2013 3:43:02 PM

  10. there is more to the case, Sam.

    the men had just taken turns face-f***ing your mom and dad in an alley. then they zipped up, felt like a beer, were denied entry, and then a bunch of homophobic thugs attacked them.

    that's what's not being reported. thanks for caring.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 10, 2013 3:43:18 PM

  11. I want one, just ONE of these cases to happen where the thugs pick on the wrong gay dudes and get THEIR stupid butt beaten to a pulp. Just ONE.

    Posted by: AJ | May 10, 2013 3:48:56 PM

  12. AJ, you'll notice the common theme in these assaults is that it takes a group of men to take down a gay man. These assholes doing this are too chickenshit to fight us one on one.

    Posted by: Tread | May 10, 2013 3:52:37 PM

  13. "An after-hours billiards club" Uh-huh. What were to gays doing at a billiards club to begin with? Somethings not right here. The gay slurs and the beatings are not of course justified, but I think there's more to this than what is being reported.

    Posted by: PeteG | May 10, 2013 4:07:49 PM

  14. yeah. because gays never shoot billiards. and no people who live in NYC ever begin their night at 3am, in the City That Never Sleeps.


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 10, 2013 4:12:42 PM

  15. Gotta love Sam and PeteG's victim blaming. I'm sure they think rape victims who dress "provocatively" have it coming too.

    Posted by: MateoM | May 10, 2013 4:40:59 PM

  16. To all the idiots saying these guys shouldn't have been out at 5 am and presumably drunk (which you are assuming), and that somehow justifies or explains why they got beat up, where are all the straight people who are getting beaten up for being straight and drunk at 5 am? Stop saying "there's more to this story" because there are no extenuating circumstances. You obviously don't live in New York.

    The perpetrators will just get a slap on the wrist, unfortunately, when what they really should get is a few decades of prison, with hard labor. These thugs need to be put down and shown zero tolerance.

    Posted by: atomic | May 10, 2013 4:42:03 PM

  17. Here's a tip that's worked for me:
    Kick them in the balls (straight men don't go there so they usually don't see it coming)
    When they bend over (they usually do)
    grab the back of their head and bring it to your knee with force.
    On the second or third strike throw their head upwards and back exposing the throat and deliver your final blow.
    That outta do it.
    I dislike violence however we men of a certain persuasion should be able to defend ourselves when attacked.

    Posted by: nefter | May 10, 2013 4:57:55 PM

  18. Goddamn!! What's with this victim blaming in the comments?!

    Yeah, we tend to have signs saying "Billiards" over the doors to pool halls here in NYC. (I still miss Julian's Billiards on 14th.) And maybe the Penn Station area is a little declasse for some of you, and, yeah, plenty of noo yawkers start their evening at 2 am (after a disco nap) but that doesn't mean someone deserves to be beaten.

    Posted by: olympiasepiriot | May 10, 2013 5:05:27 PM

  19. obviously four against two is beyond effed up.

    Posted by: nefter | May 10, 2013 5:18:24 PM

  20. At first I thought that this was an update on the attack at the sporting event, but then I realized that it is actually a new hate crime. How horrible. In a city known for being so liberal, there is still a lot of hate. I hope that they have a speedy recovery, and that the one victim's eye fully recovers.

    Posted by: | May 10, 2013 5:23:53 PM

  21. Odd how they never take us one on one.

    Posted by: Michael | May 10, 2013 5:46:38 PM

  22. New York City is a very homophobic place. It's because of liberalism. Liberalism is based on permissiveness. PERMISSIVENESS permits violence.

    Posted by: Adam | May 10, 2013 5:51:01 PM

  23. Adam, if that's supposed to be sarcasm, you should note it as such. However, if you are just another troll like the other two above, the methane is clearly boggling your brain - perhaps it's time to pull your head out of your ass.
    As for the above mentioned trolls, time to join this decade, that 50s mentality is just tragic.

    Posted by: Kenneth | May 10, 2013 6:53:55 PM

  24. Kenneth, Adam is an alias of the biggest troll on Towleroad, who goes by many different names but spews the same nonsense.

    Posted by: MateoM | May 10, 2013 7:18:36 PM

  25. Yes, I thought it reeked a little of Rick/Jason/etc. but I generally like to give someone the benefit of the doubt.

    Posted by: Kenneth | May 10, 2013 7:21:48 PM

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