A diner at Dallas BBQ in Chelsea was hit over the head with a wooden chair in an alleged bias attack last night. According to the NYPD, the incident happened just after 11 p.m. at the Dallas BBQ at 8th Avenue near 23rd Street. "These guys attacked us specifically because they knew we weren't their type of people," one of the victims, Jonathan Snipes, told DNAInfo. "It was disgusting. It was awful." You can see graphic video of the attack below.
Snipes, 32, and his boyfriend Ethan York-Adams, 25, were celebrating Cinco de Mayo at the restaurant when Snipes got a text about a death in his family. He told DNAInfo that as they were exiting, they accidentally knocked over a drink. "A table near us audibly started making pretty gross comments about the two of us like, 'White f----ts, spilling drinks,'" Snipes said. "I don't let anyone talk to me like that. I went over there and asked, 'What did you say about us?'"
The verbal confrontation then escalated into a physical one, and a man from the table knocked Snipes down and called him a "f----t" while kicking his face and spine. The attack knocked one of Snipes's teeth loose, snapped the cartilage in his ear, and left him with head bruising.
After the initial scuffle, York-Adams got Snipes up, which is when the other man hit him over the head with the chair. The attackers then fled the scene. You can see a fuller, but slightly fuzzier, video of the fight below.
Police described the suspect as a black male around 35 years old. They add that the Hate Crime Task Force has been notified about the attack, but it's unclear whether it is being investigated as such yet.
Dallas BBQ has not responded to repeated requests for comment on the incident.
Appalled by LGBT hate crime in Chelsea. We need increased vigilance to help bring these criminals to justice http://t.co/5QZweKFDRB
— Letitia James (@TishJames) May 6, 2015