Three gay men visiting Miami Beach got more than they expected from their vacation on the morning of June 21. A stranger physically attacked the men for being gay, but he wasn’t prepared for the three friends to put up a fight.
WSVN News reports the three tourists–who have not revealed their names publicly–aged 18, 19 and 20, crossed paths with Glenford Rhule, 24 while taking a picture on Miami Beach’s Ocean Drive. Rhule, who stands 6’4″ and weighs 220lbs., approached the men and asked if they were gay.
“‘Are you gay? Ugh, I don’t like gay people,’” the first victim recalled Rhule saying to them. “He ended up spitting at me, and then, that’s when he threw the beer at me.”
The three friends told Rhule to move away. Rhule responded by hitting the first victim in the back with a chair and punching him. Knocked to the ground, the young man noticed a knife laying nearby. He grabbed it and defended his friends, stabbing Rhule in the side.
“I just saw something shiny on the ground, and I just stuck him with it,” the first victim said. “I ended up stabbing him.”
Then, in a twist befitting a horror film, Rhule actually pulled the knife out of his body and tried attacking the three victims with it.
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“He had a knife in his hand, and I’m like, ‘He got a knife! He’s chasing my friend,’” the second victim said.
The three victims escaped to the nearby Sherbrooke Hotel for help with Rhule following close behind, knife in hand. When he entered the hotel lobby, guests reacted in terror.
“It looked like a knife in his hand,” Sherbrooke Hotel owner Mitch Novick told reporters. “People were turning around with fear in their eyes.”
Police arrived on the scene moments later and arrested Rhule. Staff at a nearby hospital treated him for his stab wound before transferring him to a nearby jail to face charges of battery. At the time of this writing, he has not faced formal hate crime charges.
“It’s a hate crime,” the third victim insists. “You know, no one should be treated like that.”
While the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office continues to review the details of the case to see if it qualifies under hate crime statutes, Rhule’s victims have a simple message to anyone who would consider a similar attack:
“He doesn’t F with f*ggots,” the second victim declared.
Ah Rhule didn’t die. That’s really too bad. 😉 We need more stories like this.
I know right. I love rough and tumble gay boys maybe next time the guy thinks about doing something to a gay man they’ll think first
Well it is Floriduh. Does anything good ever happen there?
Why be so negative? Florida has a lot of great things to offer.
There’s reason to be negative… Florida is a cesspool right now.
Something good could have come out of Florida today if all residents had been advised in advance to leave the building that collapsed…especially if everyone was advised except Matt Gaetz.
FLORDUH! That’s all you need to know
…as someone who has lived there I concur…FLORIDUH. Paradise for self-centred, brainwashed, over-privileged white people and the ignorant sub-tribes of otherwise bright Cubans who think Communism is going to follow them there. Just to be fair, let’s acknowledge there are ignorant sub-tribes of LGBTQ people, too. This should get somebody’s dander up…
I really wish the story was about three guys holding their ground and kicking the sheeet out of him.
Yeah like the end of Tarantino’s “Death Proof” where they all kick the shit out of Kurt Russel. That would have been even more satisfying. But kudos to them for fighting back this physically stronger crazy person in the first place. At least he got stabbed, ended up in jail und they are still alive.
Way to ruin everyones day and for you to end up in jail with a stab wound. I hope it was worth it.
Well he he’s psycho and very unbalanced .. Too bad they didn’t kill this loser.. I’m a BIG believer in thinning of the herd… Some people shouldn’t be on this planet…
If you are ever being chased, grab a fire extinguisher if you see one. Turn it on the victim, w/o warning. Fire away. They’ll be distracted and blinded enough where you can escape and seek help.
Then bash their head in
Rhule is a homophobe who studies show homophobes hate themselves for being attracted to males, causing them to commit these horrible acts.
It sounds counterintuitive, but those kids are lucky that Rhule fought back and chased them with a knife. If Rhule had died, or even just wounded like he was, the narrative could’ve easily been 3 kids attacked a man. And if the kids are white, it can even be framed as 3 privileged white kids attack a black man. After all, there were no witnesses or surveillance video as far as I know. Any bruises on the guy hit by a chair could’ve easily been explained as self-defense. Had Rhule died and this went to trial, my guess is that these guys would lose, with the stabber (whose prints would be on the knife) receiving significant jail time. But it all worked out.
I just watched the news video linked in the article. First, the 3 victims are black so race would not have played into any prosecution. More interestingly, the reporting on this story is somewhat inaccurate, which I’ll discuss on a separate post.
One of the comments said Florida’s a cesspool. Evidently they haven’t been to California recently., the cesspool, calcutta, mogadishu , nairobi and port au prince of the west coast There you can see and smell Los Angeles, and San Francisco, the one time jewels of California, and in the case of San Francisco, it’s the new ‘doo doo’ capital of America and as for Los Angeles, it’s the armpit of the one time golden state that’s now only golden in the piss and S**T littering and stinking up the streets of these one time great places that are for the most part biohazard zones. in many places.
This folks is a prime example of liberalism, or progressivism or the results of people who vote for and keep voting for the liberal trash that does nothing to improve things, flips the voters the finger behind their backs and gives lip service and laughs all the way the the bank all while the place goers further and further into the ground. As they say, everything in life has consequences including elections and this is what you get for continually electing liberal slugs who do nothing for the people. Open your eyes and nose to the funkiness and the reality of liberalism and progressivism at it’s best and the liberals vision for America.
“Three gay men visiting Miami Beach…”
This Queerty article is somewhat inaccurate. First, this piece made it sound like it was just these three guys and Rhule. The source article mentions that they were taking photos with friends, and the video shows that there were at least 3 females there. So these guys were not as isolated and helpless as the article implies.
Secondly, I saw no evidence that the three guys are gay — especially since there were a few females there too. Unless the guys were being affectionate, I would’ve thought that this was a hetero group date if I saw them on the street. Then again, I don’t have a Gaydar™ so maybe I am just clueless. But Rhule likely doesn’t have a Gaydar™ either so he could’ve just assumed that they were gay without any actual indications from the guys.
The only suggestion that they may be gay comes from one of the guys saying that it’s a hate crime. But hate crime charges can result from the mere perception that the victim belongs to a protected group. It is not based on whether that perception is accurate. For example, after 9/11, many Sikhs were attacked because bigots ignorantly thought that they were Muslim. The attackers were charged with hate crimes. So the guy is correct that it was a hate crime, if Rhule indeed said those things. But it doesn’t mean that they’re gay.
Finally, Dave Reddish got the last two sentences COMPLETELY wrong:
”Rhule’s victims have a simple message to anyone who would consider a similar attack: ‘He doesn’t F with f*ggots,’ the second victim declared.”
What does that even mean??? How is that a message aimed at potential homophobes??? Reddish confusingly took the “He doesn’t F with f*ggots” out of context. If you watch the interview, one of the victims was paraphrasing Rhule’s threats. Instead, Reddish made it sound like the quote was a warning (“message”) to potential homophobes. Weird.
As a final thought… I don’t want to be cynical or victim-blame, but so far, there is no evidence that the three guys’ account is true (although the video does show one of the guys courteously asking Rhule to “please move away”). A successful defense attorney can easily spin it to be a case of self-defense. He can claim the group of 6+ young people was harassing Rhule and ultimately, one of the guys stabbed Rhule. After all, the guy’s fingerprint is on the knife. And it does seem unbelievable that a knife was suddenly found on the ground by the guy who’s was allegedly hit with a chair. Even if he was hit with a chair, again, Rhule can again claim self-defense — that he used the chair after the kid attacked him with a knife.
Many jurors would sympathize with Rhule simply because stories of harassment and muggings by a group of young people isn’t uncommon. In fact, most of the violence during Spring Break in Florida are caused by young black men, aged 18-20. So I can definitely see a jury ruling in Rhule’s favor.
Yeah, thanks for your thoughts and information.
That was my first question upon reading this article: What was a shiv doing laying on the beach next to these guys?!
Miami is an odd place to be if you don’t like gay people.
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