Two Las Vegas men have been arrested in connection to a late November assault that sent two gay men to the hospital. The victims say the attack was motivated by anti-gay bias.
According to Las Vegas Fox News affiliate, Andre Duncan, 39, and Kealan Abraham, 34, were arrested and charged with battery with a deadly weapon, battery with use of deadly weapon result of substantial bodily harm and conspiracy to commit criminal contempt.
The incident occurred near Vegas Drive and Simmons Street outside the gay couple's home.
Charles Clements told police he and his boyfriend, Vincent, were followed home and attacked on November 29.
When they got out of the car in front of their apartment, “I was about to unlock the door, the next thing I hear, he’s calling my name,” Clements said. “I come back, I see my boyfriend fighting with the guy.”
Clements told FOX5 News the men called his boyfriend a "faggot" and "an abomination" during the attack.
The assault spilled onto their front patio where a glass table was knocked over and shattered. According to Clements, one of the men picked up a shard of glass and began to stab Vincent in the back puncturing his lung and breaking two ribs. Clements suffered head wounds.
Clements added that neighbors heard the attack, saw everything, and did nothing to intervene.
“Neighbors, everybody just looking,” he said. “Nobody called the police.”
Vincent told police he recognized one of the attackers as a man who works with him at Walmart. That’s how the man knew about their relationship, he said.
“It was all about gay bashing,” Clements said.
Police said officers found Duncan's driver's license at the scene of the attack.
When police went to Abraham's home on December 2, Duncan's car was present. According to police reports, he was seen leaving the home and drove to Walmart. Officers arrested him there.
Police arrested Abraham at his home.
Both men admit to taking part in the fight, but deny there was a 'hate crime' aspect to the attack.