Victims, Advocates Decry Attack On Gay Men At Queens Restaurant

Marla Diamond
September 25, 2019 - 9:08 am
Pollos A La Brasa Mario

Marla Diamond

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Two men say they were attacked at a restaurant in Queens for being gay and no one did anything to help them.

The Sept. 12th attack occurred at the Pollos A La Brasa Mario restaurant on Roosevelt Avenue where gay rights advocates and elected officials gathered Tuesday.

They called for tolerance and justice for the men.

One of the victims, 39-year-old Daniel Domingas, told CBS2 he and his roommate were eating in the restaurant at around 4:30 a.m. when a group of men started shouting homophobic slurs.

They then started punching.

“They hit me first and after that they hit me with a bottle or glass,” Domingas said.

Both men were eventually knocked unconscious, saying restaurant employees did nothing to intervene, but manager Jacqueline Franco says that’s not true.

Franco said, “You guys are not getting the whole story and I think it will come out. The manager tried to stop the fight multiple times.”

The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is on the case.

So far there have been no arrests.