The NYPD is investigating a restaurant beatdown as a possible hate crime after wild video taken at the Chelsea eatery shows an attacker smash a wooden chair over a gay couple, knocking them both to the ground, witnesses and cops said.
According to DNAinfo.com, which first reported on the assault, the beating came after the attacker lobbed several gay slurs at the couple, identified by the website as Jonathan Snipes, 32, and his 25-year-old boyfriend, Ethan York-Adams.
“These guys attacked us specifically because they knew we weren’t their type of people,” Snipes told DNA. “It was disgusting. It was awful.”
The brawl at the Dallas BBQ Tuesday night had briefly been broken up before the suit-wearing, heavy-set bald man, rushed in with a chair and sucker-slammed the men on the head around 11:05 p.m.
York-Adams falls out of sight while Snipes sinks into a chair as he absorbs the blow. Someone, apparently a restaurant worker, can be seen trying to maintain calm before the brutal bash.
Snipes was kicked while on the ground, according to police. Neither man was hospitalized, but Snipes told the website he had cartilage in his ear snapped and a tooth knocked loose in the melee.
“They hit us hard and then they wouldn’t stop. I was hobbling away and they came and attacked us again,” Snipes told DNA. “We were just trying to get away from it.”
Witnesses can be heard screaming in the background. The man who posted the shocking video, Isaam Sharef, said the bearded attacker fled the restaurant at 261 8th Ave.