Philadelphia couple attacked in hate crime

Gay couple beaten by two men and six women in Center City, Philadelphia. (x)

Gay couple beaten by two men and six women in Center City, Philadelphia. (x)

Two men were attacked in Center City, Philadelphia Thursday night. According to sources, one of the men was sent to the hospital with multiple fractures.

According to NBC10, the victims were 27 and 28 years old. As they left a restaurant in the area of 16th and Chancellor, they were stopped by a group of two men and six women, all of whom were visibly intoxicated.

One witness heard someone in the group ask, “Is this your f****** boyfriend?”

When one of the victims said yes, things got violent. They allegedly began punching and kicking the men in the face, head, and chest. After the attack, police say that the group took one of the victim’s bag. The bag contained a cellphone, wallet and credit cards.

“It was a bunch of screams at first,” witness Geoff Nagle told NBC10. “…a lot of punching and kicking.”

“It was surprising that it happened in front of me, I never witnessed a hate crime based on that,” another witness said, who wished to remain anonymous. The witness also said that he heard the group screaming homophobic slurs.

One of the victims’ friends, who wished to remain anonymous, said the couple has been together for 10 years. One victim was released from the hospital, while the other had surgery done Sunday morning. The latter victim suffered shattered cheekbones and a broken jaw, according to sources.

While police have yet to confirm sexual orientation was a factor in the attack, they are trying to track down a surveillance video to help identify the group. They say the two male suspects had a “husky” build, brown hair and were wearing brown shirts and shorts, but have yet to release information about the six female suspects.

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