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NYPD arrest man accused of knocking two gay men unconscious outside Brooklyn gay bar

Brandon McNamara faces hate crime charges for allegedly attacking the men on September 23

Police are searching for this man after two gay men were attacked and knocked unconscious — Photo: ABC7

Police have arrested a 25-year-old man accused of knocking unconscious two gay men outside a Brooklyn gay bar last week.

Brandon McNamara allegedly shouted anti-gay slurs at the men before attacking them outside a bar in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood early on Sunday, September 23.

McNamara is accused of punching one of the victims, a 34-year-old man, in the face and then throwing the other man, who is 29, against a tree.

Both victims were rendered unconscious by the attack, with the older man suffering a fractured shoulder and the younger man a broken finger.

According to PIX11, McNamara faces two counts of hate crime assault in the second degree, two counts of second-degree assault, and two counts of second-degree hate crimes.

NYPD, who released an image of the suspected attacker which was used to trace McNamara, thanked those who contacted the NYPD tips hotline, with Chief Dermot F. Shea tweeting, “Grateful to those who contacted @NYPDTIPS & assisted the Hate Crimes [Task Force] quickly apprehend Brandon McNamara.”

Rhuaridh Marr is Metro Weekly's managing editor. He can be reached at

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