By: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
Police continue their man hunt in the beating of a gay couple who were walking and holding hands following their attendance at the 2018 Miami Beach Pride Festival. According to police, the couple were attacked while walking by four young men on Sunday around 7:30 p.m. EST.
The attack which took place near the intersection of Ocean Drive and Sixth Street in Miami, was fortunately caught on video.
According to police, the couple had exited the public restroom and began to walk away holding hands. That is when witnesses describe four men who began shouting and punching the couple after they left a public restroom, with one of the suspects shouting antigay slurs at the victims. The victims sustained heavy facial injuries but managed to get away from the attackers. The suspects then chase the couple, according to police.
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One of the witnesses on scene, Helmut Muller, told the Miami Herald…. “The attack was unprovoked. It happened so quick,” said Muller. “They almost killed this guy, literally.” said Muller. “I don’t agree with it. It doesn’t matter if you’re gay or straight, we all should respect each other.” Muller told the Miami Herald.
Muller said that he sustained injury to his head when he attempted to break up the fight. He said that one of the men whom police believe at least three were Hispanic and in their early 20s, knocked him down and that is how he suffered a blow to his head.
Miami NBC affiliate WTVJ, spoke with one of the victims who was was shown bruised and swelling…”The way we were dressed and everything. We were together. For me, it was like, yes, it was a hate crime,” said the victim.
Police are treating this assault as a hate crime and are asking for the public’s help in locating these psychotic attackers. Police describe three of the men as standing at 5 foot 8 inches tall, either white and/or Hispanic in their early 20s.
Anyone with information on this case are asked to call the Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 1-305-471-TIPS.
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