NYC BASHING: Man Almost Killed By Attackers

“Roving hoodlums were out for blood when they bashed in the head of an accountant on a West Village street Thursday, possibly because he was gay, police said. ‘I got him good,’ one of the punks allegedly boasted after the gang jumped Alan Williams, 50, as he was hailing a cab around 2 a.m. Thursday. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the NYPD is investigating the near-fatal beating as a ‘possible bias attack.’ Williams was in serious condition in a surgical ICU room at St. Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan Thursday night – his swollen head wrapped in gauze, a tube down his throat. Put into a medically induced coma so his brain can heal, Williams has not been able to speak to police. Friends said he was openly gay, and police sources said he had a Gay Men’s Health Crisis card. … Residents told cops a group of troublemakers in the area has been hassling transvestites and gay men.” [NYDN]