25-year-old Brandon McNamara surrendered to police after a two day search. Law enforcement had sought out McNamara after surveillance cameras captured him attacking a gay couple. After shouting homophobic obscenities, he threw one man up against a tree and punched the other in the face, knocking both men unconscious.
The attack took place in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn, not far from a local gay bar. The victims, ages 34 and 29, later received treatment at Bellevue Hospital for a fractured shoulder and a fractured finger.
In partnership with the community, an arrest has been made in the 9-23-18 Hate Crime assault in Brooklyn in which a gay couple was brutally attacked. Grateful to those who contacted @NYPDTIPS & assisted the Hate Crimes T.F. quickly apprehend Brandon McNamara. #YourCityYourCall pic.twitter.com/o0PfZ1Zqqa
— Chief Dermot F. Shea (@NYPDDetectives) September 26, 2018
“In partnership with the community, an arrest has been made in the 9-23-18 Hate Crime assault in Brooklyn in which a gay couple was brutally attacked,” police chief Dermot Shea said in a statement via Twitter.
With his attorney in tow, McNamara surrendered to the Hate Crimes Unit of New York’s Seventh Precinct Wednesday morning. Financial services company Ernst & Young has also suspended McNamara, pending further investigation. McNamara works for the company as a senior consultant. He has no criminal record to date.
Brandon McNamara, 25, accused of attacking a gay couple in Williamsburg. Silent as he was walked out of NYPD 7th Precinct pic.twitter.com/rl1kR7fyL6
— Henry Rosoff (@HenryRosoff) September 26, 2018