The New York City Police Department is searching for four men who are suspected of attacking a gay couple after Sunday night’s basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Indiana Pacers.
Nick Porto, 27, told DNAInfo that he was walking arm-in-arm with his partner, 22-year-old Kevin Atkins, on Eighth Avenue when four men attacked them.
The couple said that they were repeatedly punched and kicked. After the attack, the victims were rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where Porto was treated for a broken nose.
Although police have not classified the attack as a hate crime, Porto said that he had no doubt.
“I’ve never had a feeling like this before in the city,” he explained. “I didn’t know that it’s not over, that this sort of stuff still happens.”
“They called us faggots,” Porto recalled. “They made fun of my jeans — I made the jeans myself, for that day.”
The NYPD released two surveillance photos of one of the four suspects early Tuesday morning. Investigators described him as a 6-foot-tall Hispanic man with brown hair and a tattoo on his left arm. He is seen wearing a white Knicks #7 jersey, a white T-shirt, blue hat and blue jeans.
Anyone with information about the suspects or the attack can contact NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
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