The horrifying moment gay couple was attacked with a chair at New York restaurant after being berated with homophobic insults
- Jonathan Snipes, 32, and boyfriend Ethan York-Adams, 25, were at Dallas BBQ in New York's Chelsea neighborhood when argument began
- Snipes knocked over drink in rush to leave restaurant because relative died
- He said he then confronted a table when he was called a 'white f****t'
- Argument escalated and unknown man smashed couple with chair
- NYPD investigating incident as a possible hate crime
A gay couple was smacked with a wooden chair in a Manhattan barbecue restaurant after a heated argument escalated into a brutal beating.
Video of the incident taken by a fellow customer shows the man arguing with Jonathan Snipes, 32, and his boyfriend Ethan York-Adams, 25, before turning violent Tuesday night.
Snipes had a tooth knocked loose, bruised his head and had cartilage in his ear snapped as a result of the attack in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood, which is known for having a large gay community.
'These guys attacked us specifically because they knew we weren't their type of people,' he said.
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An unidentified man (center, with beard) was caught on camera bashing a gay couple over the head with a wooden chair at Dallas BBQ in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood
Jonathan Snipes (far right) was with his boyfriend Ethan York-Adams (second from right) at the restaurant when a spilled drink prompted an alleged homophobic comment and argument that ended with the attack
He told DNA Info that he and York-Adams had gone to Dallas BBQ to celebrate Cinco De Mayo with margaritas.
Snipes received a text message around 11pm about a death in the family and had to leave quickly, but accidentally knocked over another table's drink on his way out and was insulted.
'White f****ts, spilling drinks,' one of the other customers allegedly said.
Snipes said that when he confronted the table about the remarks, the altercation soon became physical.
A large bald man is seen on the video punching Snipes to the ground and kicks him at least once as insults continue and others in the restaurant urge everyone to calm down.
'Stop, stop stop,' someone is heard screaming.
A worker is seen trying to restore peace before the gay couple is brutally attacked with a chair.
Snipes recovers and is standing with York-Adams when the large bald, bearded man smacks them with the wooden seat and then quickly leaves.
York-Adams (left) and Snipes (right) were at the restaurant to celebrate Cinco De Mayo with margaritas before Snipes confronted another table about an alleged homophobic comment
A large bald man is seen on the video punching Snipes to the ground and kicks him at least once as insults continue and others in the restaurant urge everyone to calm down
York-Adams took almost the full force of the chair attack as he stood next to his boyfriend. Above, the attacker is seen looking at Snipes as the victim sits dazed in the aftermath of being hit by a chair
'Take that, f****t,' then man reportedly yelled.
York-Adams was knocked to the ground by the hit, which left Snipes dazed in a nearby chair.
One of the men received injuries to his head his swelling and a cut, an NYPD spokesman told Daily Mail Online.
Snipes said he did not go to the hospital because he is recently unemployed and does not have insurance.
'They hit us hard and then they wouldn't stop. I was hobbling away and they came and attacked us again,' he said.
It is unclear exactly how many people were involved in the altercation.
An NYPD spokesman said Wednesday afternoon that the incident was being investigated as a possible hate crime.
Snipes said it is not the first time he has faced anti-gay taunts in the past.
'Growing up gay in Alabama, this is not my first time at that rodeo,' he said.
Snipes said that 'these guys attacked us specifically because they knew we weren't their type of people,' and his friends have called the incident a hate crime
The couple declined visits to the emergency room, with Snipes saying that he is recently unemployed and does not have insurance. Above, the store's location in Chelsea
Sharef, who posted on Instagram that the attack happened as he was waiting for his martini, said 'Everyone was commenting on them fighting. It was a big scene'.
A police report for assault filed after the incident did not list a motive for the crime and said that the victims were unable to speak to detectives afterwards.
The assailant, who has been described as around 35 years old and 6'4'', had not been arrested as of Wednesday afternoon.
Friends of the victims hope that the video will help lead to an identification.
New York City Public Advocate Letitia James posted on Twitter that she was 'appalled by LGBT hate crime in Chelsea' and said that 'increased vigilance' was needed to find the attacker.
A worker at the Chelsea Dallas BBQ said that no damage had been done to the establishment.
A spokesman for restaurant, which has several locations throughout the city, has not yet responded to a request for comment from Daily Mail Online.
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