Three Men Arrested For NYC Anti-Gay Attacks In Chelsea and at The Stonewall Inn

Matthew Francis,  Christopher Orlando, and Andrew Jackson have been arrested in NYC in connection with a pair of alleged ant-gay attacks against gay men in New York City this past weekend.

Just before midnight Friday in Chelsea a group of men were saying good-night and kissing and hugging each other good-bye when they were confronted by a group of several men who yelled anti-gay slurs at them and according to police, Andrew Jackson, and another unidentified man assaulted the men. Jackson allegedly hurled a metal garbage can into one victim’s head.

Then on Sunday night at the famous Stonewall Inn Matthew Francis and Christopher Orlando were in the bathroom  where they robbed and attacked the victim Benjamin Carver.  Francis asked Carver “What kind of bar is this?” The victim responded, “This is a gay bar.”

“Get away from me faggott! I don’t like gay people. Don’t pee next to me,” Francis yelled.

As Orlando blocked the door, Francis asked Carver for a dollar and then for $20, said Assistant District Attorney Kiran Singh.When Carver refused to fork over the money, Francis and Orlando tackled him and Francis punched him “multiple times” in the face, Singh said. The assault then spilled out of the restroom, patrons and bar staff chased the attackers outside, where cops responding to numerous 911 calls arrested the suspects, Singh said

I only wish they they would have caught up with them before the police and kicked the living shit out of gay bashers.


Will Kohler

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