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Two gay men knocked unconscious in homophobic attack outside New York gay bar

Police are searching for the suspect, who yelled anti-gay comments before attacking the men

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

New York police are searching for a man who attacked two gay men outside a gay bar in Brooklyn.

The attack took place in Williamsburg after midnight on Sunday, as the men were leaving the bar, ABC7 reports.

The suspect approached the men, who were both intoxicated, making anti-gay comments. He then attacked them.

The suspect punched one of the victims, a 34-year-old man, in the face, and then threw the other man, who is 29, against a tree, before fleeing the scene.

Both victims were rendered unconscious by the attack, with the 34-year old suffering a fractured shoulder and the younger man a broken finger. Both were treated for their injuries at an area hospital, according to NBC4.

Police are searching for the man in the photo at the top of this article, whose image was captured by a witness and is believed to be the suspect.

“We need for people to take action, not just to find and arrest this one person,” Aidan Pongrice, a neighbor, told ABC7. “We need people to take action to go out and vote and make sure that we don’t have people and leaders in this country that actively dog whistle against my very existence.”

Anyone with information related to the attack is urged to call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline on 800-577-8477, or 888-577-4782 for Spanish.

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

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