The NYPD is on the hunt for a group of male suspects linked to an alleged bias attack in Chelsea.
Police say the two male victims, ages 27 and 53, were holding hands while coming home from a movie Tuesday night.
According to police, the two men were confronted by at least six suspects who yelled anti-gay words, before physically attacking them twice.
The 53-year-old has a laceration on the face and the 27-year-old has a laceration on the chin which required stitches.
Both were treated at Beth Israel Hospital and released.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn issued the following statement regarding the attacks:
“I am appalled by reports that two men were senselessly beaten in Chelsea simply because they were perceived to be gay. Holding hands as they walked down West 24th Street, they were assaulted as their attackers hurled anti-gay slurs. The cowardly individuals who committed this crime do not represent New Yorkers and our community will not be cowed by such violence. New York City’s greatest strength is our diversity, and we will not stand for attacks against anyone, for any reason. We thank the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force for taking immediate action to investigate this incident, and urge anyone with information about these assaults to contact the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-866-313-TIPS.”