MANHATTAN (PIX11) – Cops arrested two men in connection with the savage beating of two gay men early Friday morning, just days before a similar attack following a Knicks game Sunday, according to the Port Authority Police Department.
Around 5 a.m. the two men were headed to an after-hours billiards hall on W. 32nd St., but weren’t allowed to enter.
While they stood outside the location, a group of 5 men walked up to them shouting gay slurs and began beating them. The two men tried to flee into the PATH’s 33rd Street Station, but their attackers caught up with them and continued the assault.
Port Authority Police officers spotted the altercation from a patrol car and were able to grab two of the thugs before the group ran. Asllan Berisha, 21, and Brian Ramirez, 21, were arrested and charged with hate crimes of felony assault.
The victims were treated at Bellevue Hospital, where one underwent eye surgery.
The PAPD is currently working with the NYPD to determine if the beating is related to Sunday’s broad daylight attack on a gay couple in front of Madison Square Garden .
In that incident the victims say a group of men in Knicks jerseys knocked them to the ground and began shouting homophobic slurs at them while kicking and punching them.