Two Gay Men Attacked by Group of 10 in Alleged Hate Crime

February 1, 2013 11:44

Two men were attacked last week at a Center City parking garage and believe the incident may have been motivated by their perceived sexual orientation.

Timmay Barlow and Scott McCrea say a group of 10 attacked them at about 2:15 a.m. Jan. 24 in the E-Z Park parking garage at 16th and South streets.

According to McCrea, the two were coming from Bob & Barbara’s, 1509 South St., where Barlow, who also goes by the stage name “Gio Michaels,” had performed drag that night and still had makeup on.

“There was one girl who told us, ‘You are in the wrong neighborhood, I am the only girl here,’” McCrea said. “She also asked, ‘Where did this freak come from?’ She was making comments on Tim’s makeup.”

About 10 people then jumped out of three different vehicles, McCrea said, and attacked the two. McCrea was dragged away from Barlow to a different part of the lot, where his coat was forced over his head and he was beaten.

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SOURCE: www.southfloridagaynews.com/news/national-news/8895-two-gay-men-attacked-by-group-of-10-in-alleged-hate-crime.html