After two men were violently attacked late Saturday night in Williamsburg in an apparent hate crime, the suspect—whose photo has been spread all over news and social media—has turned himself in to police. Brandon McNamara, 25, of Middle Village, surrendered to the NYPD at the Lower East Side’s 7th Precinct. He was promptly arrested and charged with 2 counts each of hate crime assault, assault, aggravated harassment and harassment—McNamara does not have a prior criminal record.
Late Saturday night, two men had left gay bar Metropolitan (559 Lorimer Street). McNamara approached them as they were walking, about half a block around the corner from the bar on Metropolitan Avenue. He shouted a homophobic slur at them and then punched one in the face and shoved the other into a tree. He then beat both men unconscious and fled; the men were taken to the hospital, suffering broken bones. A bystander snapped a photo of McNamara, which was widely circulated this week as police searched for the suspect.
Police are on the lookout for a man who beat two men unconscious in Williamsburg after calling them a homophobic slur. The men, aged 29 and 34, had left the gay bar Metropolitan (599 Lorimer Street) late on Saturday night and were walking past Crest Hardware on Metropolitan Avenue after a night of drinks. Then the man in this photo approached them, shouted a slur, punched one in the face and pushed the other into a tree—and then beat both men unconscious. The men were taken to the hospital and are recovering, one with a fractured shoulder and the other with a broken finger.
A bystander took a photo of the assailant, a white man with brown hair, and are encouraging residents to come forward with any information. If you know anything, please call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).