The NYPD is currently looking for a man suspected of beating a gay couple over the head with a chair and kicking them in a BBQ restaurant in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood. They’ve released images and footage of the man in the hopes that someone will recognize him.
The victims, Jonathan Snipes, 32, and his boyfriend Ethan York-Adams, 25, were eating and rushed to step outside after Snipes got a text saying there was a death in the family. He accidentally spilled a drink, and says the suspect called them “white faggots.”
Snipes confronted him, and all hell broke loose.
There’s at least one claim out there that the suspect himself is gay, casting into question whether or not the incident was based on sexual orientation. Either way, you don’t hit a guy across the head with a chair and then run out of the building.
Though not initially reported, the NYPD is investigating the incident as a hate crime.
Here’s the video of the suspect: