Gay Man Speaks About Beating in West Village Hate Crime
Updated: Thursday, 31 Mar 2011, 10:00 AM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011, 8:11 AM EDT
By KATHY CARVAJAL AND LUKE FUNK
Damian Furtch, the victim, told Fox 5 that he is doing well and appreciates the outpouring of support.
Police are investigating the assault as a hate crime.
A Facebook photo of Damian Furtch shows the man with two black eyes and a cut to his nose. He needed stitches after the assault. On Wednesday, her wore large sunglasses and a cap to cover the wounds.
Furtch and his friend had just left their jobs at the nearby Pink Tea Cup restaurant when they were targeted.
Police say two men confronted Furtch and a co-worker inside the McDonald’s on West 3rd Street and Sixth Avenue at around 4:30 a.m.. They two left the restaurant, but the men followed them outside.
The assailants allegedly insulted Furtch with anti-gay epithets and punched him, said police. His friend was not hit.
Furtch then walked to Roosevelt Hospital where he was treated and released.
On his Facebook page, Furtch posted a message that read: “I thought I was safe in the city I loved but apparently wearing fluorescent colored clothing and pink shoelaces really bother some (expletives omitted) to blind side me and hit me.”
On Wednesday, Furtch told Fox 5 that he appreciated the outpouring of support from both friends and strangers.
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn circulated flyers in the West Village on Wednesday regarding the alleged hate crime.
Police describe the attackers as Hispanic men about 18 to 20 years old. One of the attackers reportedly has a huge tattoo of a gothic cross under his left eye.
Furtch will review mug shots and the police have subpoenaed the video surveillance tape from McDonald’s.”