CHELSEA, Manhattan (PIX11) — New York City Police are looking for a man accused of striking a gay couple over the head with a chair during a brawl at Dallas BBQ in Chelsea Tuesday night.
Officers responded to the popular restaurant at 281 8th Avenue around 11:10 p.m. where a 25-year-old man had been struck in the head with a chair. EMS responded but the man refused medical attention.
Video has been released of the suspect, who is described as a light complexioned black man, wearing a black blazer and a white shirt.
The shocking incident at Dallas BBQ in Chelsea was caught on cellphone video and posted on Instagram and YouTube.
DNAinfo reported that the brawl all started when 32-year-old Jonathan Snipes — who was dining with his boyfriend Ethan York-Adams, 25, for Cinco de Mayo — accidentally knocked over a drink.
Snipes told the website that the people at a neighboring table began making anti-gay comments. “A table near us audibly started making pretty gross comments about the two of us like, ‘White f—-ts, spilling drinks,’” he said.
Snipes confronted the table, and the incident quickly turned violent. He said one of the men at the table threw him to the ground and began kicking him, and shouting “Take that f****t!” The full video on YouTube shows people trying to breakup the fight.
York-Adams tries to shield Snipes from the blows, but then the hulking man picks up a chair and cracks it over the pair’s heads.
The attacker then fled the restaurant.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.