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Sketches Of Suspects In Anti-Gay Attack Released

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Police released sketches of two of the six suspects wanted in an anti-gay attack on couple in NYC's Chelsea neighborhood. The two men were walking hand-in-hand shortly after midnight on Wednesday before being attacked by the mob of men.

WNBC reports:

Chelsea2Peter Nortman and his boyfriend, Michael Felenchak, had left the Chelsea Cinemas just after midnight early Wednesday when they were confronted by two men on West 24th Street, according to police.

One said "what are you looking at, you f------." The attackers then started punching the victims while hurling anti-gay slurs. Police say four more men approached, who were believed to be friends of the suspects, and joined in the assault.

Nortman and Felenchak tried to fight back, but were ultimately overpowered.

"We did what we could," Nortman told NBC 4 New York. "It was six of them and two of us."

The victims were both taken to the hospital, Nortman with a bruise to the head and Felenchak with a wound under his bottom lip that required seven stitches.

On Thursday, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn held a press conference with both Nortman and Felenchak in attendance.

The attack has forced Nortman to avoid the area. According to the NY Daily News:

"I’m not going to take that corner (for granted) anymore,” said Peter Nortman, who was pummeled during the anti-gay attack on W. 24th St. and Ninth Ave. just after midnight Wednesday. “I’m going to walk a little further and see what’s going on first.

Police are investigating the attack as a hate crime.

Watch a CBS2 news report on the attack, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Diversitay, diversitay, diversitay!

    Posted by: Hagatha | Aug 17, 2013 3:31:39 PM


  2. Find these perps and cane them. Again, if these two gay men had been properly armed then this would not have happened.

    Posted by: Hagatha | Aug 17, 2013 3:51:36 PM


  3. It's the south, what do you expect from those inbred, toothless...oh wait, never mind.

    Posted by: David | Aug 17, 2013 4:04:17 PM


  4. Oh, come on. Ever been to NYC ?

    As an awesome lady comedian once put it, "It's a bigots buffet"...

    Posted by: ToddKnows | Aug 17, 2013 4:11:25 PM


  5. Frisk and search never seems to target the correct people.

    Posted by: sword | Aug 17, 2013 8:32:13 PM


  6. Two Mexicans. Big surprise there lol There's a lot of Mexican looking dudes rolling around the streets especially in Brooklyn. Why are they even here?

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 17, 2013 10:02:55 PM


  7. Those photos are racist

    Posted by: Bri | Aug 18, 2013 12:45:36 AM


  8. i live right on the corner of 24th 9ave, so damn upsetting. but word here is that there is a tough dominican gang that is using the killing/beating of gays as an initiation thing. they get points per gays they beat up

    Posted by: jake-nyc | Aug 18, 2013 1:52:03 AM


  9. WTF happened to the real Raymond Miller? Was he finally committed to a psychiatric ward for 30 days observation or something?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 18, 2013 12:07:42 PM


  10. rat, continuing to post racist anti-mexican nonsense in my name will not make your own life better. it only proves how small a man you are.

    with love, Out and Proud raymond miller, reporting live from brooklyn.

    unfortunately, as progress happens the scum of the world get angry that Their World is disappearing.

    the racists are angry. the homophobes are angry. and yet, in the face of ongoing hatred and violence, more and more people are standing up and uniting to beat this culture of prejudice. it can be won, and that's the good news. it just takes unity, and unity means throwing away cultural bigotry.

    i hope they catch these guys. we're witnessing the last-gasp fury of Bigot Nation.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 18, 2013 12:58:32 PM


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