Two arrested in attack on gay men near 33rd Street PATH station in New York City

May 11, 2013 7:16:42 AM PDT
Two men are under arrest, while three other suspects are still being sought in an attack on two gay men in Manhattan.

The brutal beating occurred Friday near PATH's 33rd Street station in Manhattan.

Police are working to see if there is any link between this incident and one that occurred near Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

Police say the two victims were denied access to an after-hours billiards club. They were then approached by a group of men who allegedly shouted gay slurs and beat the men, according to police.

The alleged attack continued after the victims tried to escape and ended up across the street near the 33rd street PATH station.

Two suspects were arrested as others got away on foot. The suspects were identified as Asllan Berisha, 21, and Brian Ramirez, 21, both of New York City.

The men were charged with the hate crimes of felony assault and are being processed by the Port Authority Police.

Both victims suffered severe facial injuries and were treated at Belleview Hospital. One of the victims underwent eye surgery as a result of the beating.