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NYPD releases sketches of two men sought in anti-gay hate crime

The NYPD released these sketches of individuals wanted in connection with Tuesday's anti-gay assault. Staff Reports

NEW YORK — The new York Police Department has released sketches of two suspects wanted in an anti-gay bias attack in New York City‘s Chelsea neighborhood.

Police say the incident occurred just after midnight Tuesday when two men approached the two male victims, Michael Felenchak, 27, and his partner Peter Nortman, 53. [ A video report is here. ]

The NYPD released these sketches of individuals wanted in connection with Tuesday’s anti-gay assault.

Felenchak said he and Nortman were walking home from the movies when two men approached them, yelling, “Hey, what are you looking at faggots.”

“They just came and attacked us and started beating us,” said Felenchak. According to police, four other men joined in on the attack.

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“It was six of them against the two of us,” Notman said, “typical of the cowards they are.”

“I was hit with brass knuckles down the side of my face, and I had contusions; had to have an MRI, and Michael received several stitches in his mouth where they punched us,” Notman said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

The investigation is ongoing.

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