NYPD arrest Queens man for anti-LGBT hate crime assault

September 26, 2018 - 4:12 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The NYPD arrested a 25-year-old Queens man who was wanted for the beating -- deemed a hate crime -- of two gay men in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, early Sunday morning. 

Police identified the man as Brandon McNamara. 

"In partnership with the community, an arrest has been made in the 9-23-18 Hate Crime assault in Brooklyn in which a gay couple was brutally attacked," NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea tweeted. "Grateful to those who contacted @NYPDTIPS & assisted the Hate Crimes T.F. quickly apprehend Brandon McNamara. #YourCityYourCall."

McNamara faces 10 charges, including several hate crime-related charges, as well as counts of assault and harassment, for beating and shouting homophobic slurs at two men.

“The individual punched the 34-year-old in the face which caused him to lose consciousness,” the NYPD told WNBC, prior to McNamara’s arrest. “He then grabbed the 29-year-old and threw him against a tree; also rendering him unconscious.”