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PAPD: Gay men were brutally attacked; 2 arrested

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Port Authority cops arrested two men in connection with the brutal beating of two gay men on the West Side of Manhattan Friday morning, an official said.

A group of about five men shouted slurs at the gay men and attacked them on West 32nd Street outside an after-hours club, according to Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The victims tried to get away, but their attackers followed them to a PATH train station entrance where the beating continued until a Port Authority sergeant and two officers broke up the attack, Coleman said.

The cops arrested two suspects, Asllan Berisha, 21, and Brian Ramirez, 21, but the other attackers got away. Authorities charged Berisha and Ramirez with felony assault as a hate crime.

The attack happened very close to the site of similar attack on a gay couple a few days ago. Coleman said that the PAPD is working with the NYPD to see if the attacks are related.

"I am outraged by this string of assaults. These vicious assaults are not reflective of the diversity that defines New York City," City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said in a statement. "Our city prides itself on its inclusiveness, and hateful slurs and physical attacks against anyone, for any reason, go against the very fabric of what makes our City great."

The victims in Friday's attack suffered facial cuts and bruises, the Port Authority said. They were treated at Belleview Medical Center, where one of the men had eye surgery. They gave permission to the PAPD to publically release photos of their injuries.

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