The man who assaulted two gay men outside the Metropolitan Bar in Brooklyn turned himself in to the police today and was promptly arrested. We first reported on the incident two days ago in our post – Police Looking For Attacker In Alleged Brooklyn Hate Crime.
The attack occurred on September 23 at 1:00 AM, when the man now identified as Brandon McNamara, 25, started hurling homophobic slurs at two unnamed gay men, aged 29 and 34, outside of the Metropolitan Bar and then punched the 34-year-old in the face, knocking him unconscious. McNamara then threw the 29-year-old against a tree, also knocking him unconscious. According to the NY Post (reporting one of the victim's ages different than other other reports), McNamara entered the Seventh Precinct, which houses NYPD's Hate Crimes Task Force, with his lawyer and turned himself in.
McNamara has been charged with assault as a hate crime, aggravated harassment as a hate crime, two counts of assault, and harassment as a hate crime in the first and second degrees.
While the victims are in good condition, one suffering a broken shoulder and the other a broken finger, the assailant is being brought to justice.
This unprovoked attack should not have ever happened. It is important that people become educated on homosexuality so these things do not continue to happen. Of course when a bar scene and alcohol may be involved, anything can and does occur.