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A pair of Brooklyn men have been charged with attempted murder as a hate crime in connection with a brutal anti-gay attack on two men in Bushwick last month.


According to officials, on September 4, two victims, a 36-year-old man and a 29-year-old man, were trying to buy food inside a bodega when they were brutally attacked and turned hostile by two suspects. Made a homosexual statement and attacked him with a glass bottle and screwdriver.

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Police say one of the suspects, Christopher Clemente, 37, of Bedford-Stuyvesant, repeatedly punched the 36-year-old in the face. Another suspect, Jonathan Carter, 31, of Ocean Hill, allegedly hit the victim repeatedly with a glass bottle, causing him to fall to the floor. In addition, police say Clemente repeatedly hit the 36-year-old man in the head and body.

In the end, police say Clemente and a third suspect chased the 29-year-old victim, apprehended her, and repeatedly stabbed her with homophobic slurs.

The attack left the victims with multiple injuries, including a collapsed lung.

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“The two victims in this case suffered serious and life-threatening injuries in a completely unprovoked attack. The actions of the defendants were particularly serious because they allegedly attacked two innocent people because they believed they were homosexuals. should not be targeted because of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, or religion. We should all be able to walk the streets of our city safely without fear of being unnecessarily attacked,” Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez he said.

According to Gonzalez, the indictment accuses the pair of attempted murder as a hate crime, attempted assault and assault as a hate crime, among other charges.

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