An interracial couple was verbally and physically attacked near Sheepshead Bay on Saturday. The bigoted assailants hurled slurs before throwing punches at the boyfriend, according to a criminal complaint.
The 38-year-old woman and her boyfriend were walking on East 17th Street and Avenue R just before 6am on Saturday, July 8 when assailants Bernard Szurant, 25, and Rudolph Evmenenko, 27, began shouting hateful, racist comments, according to court documents.
“This is our neighborhood you f*****g n*****! Get out of here!…We’re going to lynch you,” they reportedly screamed before jumping the boyfriend and punching him. The victim was left with a bruised face and a contusion on his arm, said the complaint.
When the woman tried to call 911, the assailants reportedly knocked the cell phone out of her hand.
Cops arrested Szurant and Evmenenko and charged them with assault as a hate crime, menacing, criminal mischief, and harassment.
But the attackers didn’t stop there, allegedly threatening the detective from the 61st precinct, reports the Daily News.
Records show that Szurant has a criminal history that includes 23 arrests, including a 2015 arrest for choking his sister.
“Being attacked for (our races) — it’s the first time,” the victim told the Daily. “I’ve never felt any hate from people that live here.”