CHICAGO — A lesbian couple was attacked in a Chicago neighborhood on Saturday night by as many as 10 men who taunted them for being gay and took turns punching and kicking them on the dark street.
Police have labeled the attack a hate crime and have charged one man in the assault, while the remaining suspects remain at large, reported the Chicago Tribune.
“It was punches, kicks, everything being thrown at us,” said one of the women, 23. “We just held each other until somebody said, ‘Here come the police.’ ”
The victim said a man they knew from the neighborhood started following them, calling them dykes and bitches.
The woman said she did her best to ignore him but he kept following, and that when a second man approached the first man took a swing and punched the her.
The couple said they fought back and other men quickly joined in, dragging the women apart.
The couple struggled to get back together, pressed against a car as the beating continued and no one came by to help, the woman said. “I didn’t think we were going to make it out,” she said.
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Terry Glover, 24, has been charged with two counts of felony hate crime and two counts of felony robbery. He is being held on $1 million bail.
The women escaped the attack without suffering any serious injuries.