Man says he was walking dogs when a guy started yelling homophobic slurs and punching him

Williamsburger: I was the victim of an anti-gay beatdown steps from my front door

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A stranger screaming homophobic slurs attacked a man walking his dogs on a Williamsburg street early on Thursday morning, breaking his face, according to the victim.

David Jimenez, who lives around the block from the attack, said he had just escorted some friends to catch a cab and was walking his dogs when he passed a group of men hanging out on the stoop of a building on S. Third Street between Bedford Avenue and Berry Street.

“Someone started screaming, ‘Hey you, f-----,” said Jimenez. “I turned around and gave him a look like, ‘What the hell?’ and the next thing I know the guy starts punching me in the face.”

Jimenez said he tried to defend himself, but could not because he was struggling to hold on to his dogs’ leashes.

The assailant broke Jimenez’s nose in four places and broke his eye socket, Jimenez said.

A good Samaritan called 911 and, when police arrived, pointed out the suspect who Jimenez said had not bothered to leave.

Police say they arrested a 35-year-old man for the attack and charged him with assault, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and resisting arrest.

Jimenez, 40, said he hopes Kings County prosecutors will file hate crime charges against his attacker.

“I hope the police will take this case seriously,” he said, adding that he needs witnesses to step forward and testify about the assault.

The number of incidents being investigated by police as anti-gay hate crimes reportedly spiked the rise this year. This summer, cops investigated two apparently anti-gay attacks in Williamsburg as possible hate crimes. In Manhattan, a man was shot dead by someone who police say shouted homophobic slurs in the moments prior.

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Updated 10:15 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Prospect Heights Resident from Prospect Heights says:
Terrible story. I hope the perp gets the maximum time allowed under the law.

I will say, however, this is another reason why my dogs are all large dogs. I own dogs for protection purposes rather than for mere companionship. Given that the victim was beaten without (apparently) his dogs being able to do anything, I assume that the dogs were miniature dogs. Get a pit bull or Rottweiler and any perp will think twice before targeting you. Gay or straight.
Sept. 30, 2013, 1:26 am
Bay Ridger from Bay Ridge says:
So where is the public outrage from our elected politicians? Spray paint a Virgin Mary statue and they knock themselves over to get to the mic.

This? Meh... not their problem.

And THAT is the problem.
Sept. 30, 2013, 8:20 am
Juan from Gowanus says:
He should have gotten dogs that are helpful when someone attacks you, not hindrances.
Sept. 30, 2013, 9:48 am
Dave from Park Slope says:
This is terrible! They should lock that guy up for a long time. When he's in prison, he'll get a little more of a beat down on a regular basis, and a lot more than that!
Sept. 30, 2013, 10:49 am
ty from pps says:
Here's another example of the wonderful world of diehipster et al. "This is Brooklyn, what do you expect?" "What? You don't assume your face will be beaten in walking around 'like that'?"
Sept. 30, 2013, 11:11 am
Pat I. from 70's Brooklyn says:
Feel bad for innocents who catch a beating like this, but I call b*llsh*t on it. There's gotta be more to it.

Just like today's story about the Queens bakery accused of discrimination because a black person applied and was told "we can't hire blacks".

Even the most imbecilic of racists would have handed the person an application and then hire someone else.
Sept. 30, 2013, 12:02 pm
oldschooler from williamsburg says:
Pat I: You suggest there's gotta be more to the story. And of course there always usually is. The guy was arrested with a controlled substance. It happened on S.3rd and Berry, in South Williamsburg, an area where it's old timers and hipsters. This guy was probably a hipster, which is why he was attacked in a hate crime. The guy who was arrested sounds like a drug dealer. The cops let him go even though he committed a hate crime and had drugs on him. What gives?!
Sept. 30, 2013, 2:55 pm
Kim Farris from Williamsburg says:
South 3rd between Bedford and Berry is a terrible block, with many drug dealers around and violence. I used to live there and had to call the police at least 6 times while living there for two years. For some reason, the police don't come up with effective means of getting rid of the drug trafficking there.
Sept. 30, 2013, 3:16 pm
Tony from Greenpoint says:
Families of anti-gay attackers should go to jail with their intolerant criminal offspring. Grandparents, uncles, nephews, every in one prison cell to make them think about the prejudice they share.
Sept. 30, 2013, 4:37 pm
jay from nyc says:
the perp should be glad we don't have gun laws like those in Florida. Its pretty odd that the guy beat a man and then stood around waiting for the police to show up. Something is not right here.
Sept. 30, 2013, 5:30 pm
Northside Ned from Greepoint says:
I'm surprised at how closed minded some of you are. This is a native here demonstrating some authentic pre-gentrification culture. Ya'know, the real NYC.

But seriously, maybe angel dust?
Sept. 30, 2013, 6:13 pm
Ed from So. Brooklyn says:
Pat I. from 70's Brooklyn says: "Even the most imbecilic of racists would have handed the person an application and then hire someone else."

There are serious sub-imbeciles out there who put foot in mouth, don't think their bigotry is bigoted, don't think that a lower-wage jobseeker will call them on it, or think anything's OK as long as it's not on paper.
Sept. 30, 2013, 6:42 pm
Ed from So. Brooklyn says:
PS to Pat I: Remember - the bakers accused of racial discrimination also were dumb enough to run an ad seeking a "counter girl" ... which got them rapped for sex discrimination.
Sept. 30, 2013, 6:46 pm
Pat I. from 70's Brooklyn says:

Exactly. But If I were to attack someone I wouldn't give them warning. As far as hate crime goes? Since when is beating up a hipster far more serious than beating up a white cafeteria worker? Also - Assault is assault regardless of what you are. Being black white or whatever - should not play into it. This isn't a protected wildlife preserve.


I stand corrected. You are right.
Oct. 1, 2013, 7:07 am
Jake from Clinton Hill says:
Pat - how did this story become a beat down of a hipster? The attacker yelled anti-gay slurs before laying into the victim - a guy with a hispanic last name who may or may not have grown up in the neighborhood. Hate crimes unfortunately do follow the pattern here - verbal attacks followed by physical ones.
Oct. 1, 2013, 12:47 pm
Tom from Red Hook says:
Pat, you have comprehension issues.
Oct. 1, 2013, 9:29 pm
Me from Brooklyn says:
Crazy —— is attacker is on parole and was released , must be a mason
Oct. 2, 2013, 2:39 pm
Surly Giussepe from Da Bronx says:
Moolies again.
Oct. 4, 2013, 1:49 am
Ed from Nonssville says:
Lock him up.

And the attacker too!
Oct. 4, 2013, 12:55 pm

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