A gay man walking in the Bronx on Sunday was stabbed by two strangers yelling anti-gay slurs. The victim tells ABC 7, "I felt the blade, and when I felt the blade I stood still and I just looked at him."
The assault took place on July 10th, around 3:30 a.m., near Sunset Boulevard and Neptune Lane in Soundview. The victim, Marquis Devereaux, 49, said he was walking towards his home when two men started yelling "homophobic slurs" at him.
One of the suspects stabbed his left arm; Devereaux, who was treated at Montefiore hospital, said, "What I felt was heat and what I felt was a sharp pain. And all I was telling myself was stay calm, stay alert."
Police released surveillance footage of the suspects; one was last seen wearing a light colored tank top and light colored pants while the other was last seen wearing a hooded sweater and shorts.
Recent events prompted Devereaux, who says he's been previously attacked for his sexuality, to come forward about being attacked: "Situations like Dallas go through your head and you just think, in this case it's two black guys that have attacked each other and maybe the fact that I'm gay won't matter."
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.