Here’s an interesting update to the Damian Furtch story:
A homeless thug copped to brutally pounding a young gay man in front of a West Village McDonald’s, but told investigators the beat down shouldn’t be labeled a hate crime because he is gay too, police said. Investigators learned about the odd twist after arresting Anthony Bray, 21, in Brooklyn late Friday night for viciously pummeling Damian Furtch, 26, outside of the fast food joint on West 3rd Street near Sixth Avenue last Sunday, cops said.
The culprit told detectives he threw punches because his victim “disrespected” him, a source said. Bray has not been charged with a hate crime – only misdemeanor assault.
Furtch, who posted startling images of his black-and-blue face on Facebook after the 4:30 a.m. assault, claimed his attacker shouted gay epithets as he slugged him.
“The fact that the attacker in custody alleges he is gay does not change the fact that he shouted anti gay slurs while attacking me,” Furtch said in a statement today. “I look forward to the criminal trial where all of the accurate details will come out.” The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force will continue to look into Furtch’s allegations and see if any additional charges are warranted, police said.
“It may come down to just two guys having a fistfight,” said one police source.
SMH. Do y’all believe dude???