Two Boston Men Charged With Robbery and Hate Crime After Anti-Gay Attack

Ruiz and Hayes

The two alleged perpetrators, Colin Hayes, 21, and Derek Ruiz, 28, were identified and arrested earlier this morning after an anti-gay attack that took place on July 20th. Police say the two men taunted the unidentified victim with anti-gay slurs as he waited for a train. After being told to go away, the two allegedly returned and punched the victim in the face before stealing his cell phone. According to the Patriot Ledger, Hayes and Ruiz are expected to be arraigned later today in Boston Municipal Court.

The attack took place at the South Station commuter rail station at approximately 6 AM. The victim was taken to Tufts Medical Emergency Center after suffering multiple facial injuries and a fractured nose. No word has been released as to whether this incident is at all connected to other anti-gay robberies taking place in Boston earlier this year, during which victims are lured online into inviting the attacker(s) into their home before being drugged.