WASHINGTON - A young gay couple tells FOX 5 they were accused of having monkeypox and attacked in D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood simply due to their sexual orientation. D.C. police have confirmed they are investigating the weekend incident as a possible hate crime."I feel like since the attack I’ve been in kind of this weird state of constant fight or flight, like I can’t really feel at ease, and it seems kind of surreal, I don’t know," said one of the two victims on Tuesday.
He spoke with FOX 5 over the phone and asked to go by "Robert" for safety reasons.Robert shared two photos, showing his partner’s busted lip and a bloody shirt from the incident.According to a police report, the assault happened around 5:40 p.m. on Sunday, Aug.
7. The two victims say they were walking from U Street to a bus stop by the Shaw Metro Station when a group of young males, believed to be teens, called them homophobic slurs, including "monkeypox f----ts."Robert tells FOX 5 that at first, the couple turned to the name-calling but then decided to walk away. That’s when he says one of the suspects ran behind him and sucker-punched him as he turned around.
His partner was also hit. Robert went to get checked out on Tuesday after he says he suffered bruising around his temple and forehead. Robert says his partner, 23-year-old "Antonio," received three stitches in his mouth.FOX 5 also spoke with the witness who called 911. That person told us multiple times, that she thought the suspects were going to kill the two victims, describing what she saw as a serious "beating."The witness says the two victims were minding their own business, walking across the street in the opposite direction when the homophobic name-calling began."No one should go through
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