Two gay men eating at a Queens restaurant were pummeled unconscious by patrons shouting homophobic slurs, police and advocates said Tuesday.
The victims, ages 36 and 39, were eating inside Pollos Mario restaurant on Roosevelt Ave. near 81st St. in Jackson Heights about 4:30 a.m. on Sept. 12 when they got into an argument with another group of diners , according to cops, who are investigating the incident as a hate crime.
At least four men attacked the two victims, punching and kicking them to the ground as they called them “f----ts,” officials said.
Medics rushed the victims to Elmhurst Hospital, where they were expected to recover. Both men were knocked unconscious during the attack, advocates for the victims said.
No restaurant staffers stepped into break up the fight or helped the injured victims, the advocates claim.
The assailants fled the restaurant and sped off in a vehicle, officials said. No arrests have been made.
On Tuesday, members of Make the Road New York and elected leaders planned to protest outside at the restaurant to demand local businesses take a stand and intervene in any violence against trans and queer customers.
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