Two men in Washington D.C. were attacked in a potential hate crime by assailants who allegedly used an anti-gay slur and referenced “monkeypox,” authorities said.

Metropolitan Police Department said the pair of hateful suspects approached the victims and made derogatory comments “based on their sexual orientation” around 7 p.m. Sunday.

The suspects called the couple “monkeypox f—–s” and punched them several times, according to an ABC story, which cited an incident report.

The victims were rushed to nearby hospitals, police said.

Police on Tuesday announced it was “investigating this offense as potentially being motivated by hate or bias.”

One of the victims told NBC Washington that he didn’t immediately realize the extent of what happened.

“One of them comes up to me and punches me in the jaw, giving me a gash right here that needed about three stitches,” Antonio, who requested anonymity, told the outlet.

“I started noticing that I’m covered in blood. I didn’t realize how bad my lip was until other people saw it. I thought it was just, you know, a cut on my face,” the victim added to the outlet.

Two suspects are accused of assaulting and hurling homophobic slurs at two men in Washington, DC.
Two suspects are accused of assaulting and hurling homophobic slurs at two men in Washington, DC.
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Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced police is investigating the alleged hate crime.
Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced police is investigating the alleged hate crime.
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One of the victim’s shirt was full of blood after punched multiple times.
One of the victim’s shirts was full of blood after being punched multiple times.
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“The first moment, I was just angry and I was just like, ‘What kind of ignorance is this?’” Antonio recalled. But he told the outlet he was “not shocked” by the apparent motivation for the assault.

“I think it’s been a buildup over the last couple of months and years of conversations we’ve had about LGBTQ people,” he explained. “It can happen here.”

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, in a statement posted on Twitter, said she was “extremely disturbed” by the possible hate crime.

Authorities in Washington, D.C. are looking for suspects believed to be involved in a hate crime.
Washington DC authorities have declared the assaults a hate crime.
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A victim named Antonio was punched in the jaw.
A victim named Antonio was punched in the jaw.
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“I want to send my support to the victims,” Bowser said Tuesday. “Whenever a hate crime happens in our city, it is our collective responsibility to understand the role we each play in building a safer community for every person who lives in and visits D.C.”

The city’s police department’s LGBT Liaison Unit is “part of” the probe, according to the mayor.





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