NEW YORK — New York City police say there have been two more reports of possible anti-gay attacks, following the killing of a gay man taunted with homophobic slurs.
Police spokesman Paul Browne said the incidents occurred Monday and early Tuesday.
In one incident, a 45-year-old man was attacked in Manhattan’s East Village by a drinking companion who yelled an epithet.
In the second, two men were attacked while walking in lower Manhattan at about 5 a.m. Tuesday when two men started yelling anti-gay remarks in English and Spanish. The victims, 41 and 42, are Hispanic.
The men were both punched, and one suffered an eye injury, sources said. Police said two suspects, 32 and 33, were arrested on hate crime assault charges.
The incidents come as police increased a presence in nearby neighborhoods through the end of June, Gay Pride Month.
On Monday evening, thousands of people marched through the streets of Manhattan to protest the murder on Saturday of Mark Carson, a gay man who allegedly was taunted with homophobic slurs before being shot point blank in the face.
The attack on Carson was the most violent in a spate of bias attacks that have stirred up anxiety, disbelief and outrage in the famously gay-friendly neighborhood of Greenwich Village.