It was announced on Thursday that an enhanced hate crime charges have been added to the charges of four men accused of beating up a gay couple on South Beach following last month gay pride parade in an attack that was caught on camera.
20-year-old Luis M. Alonso and 21-year-olds Juan C. Lopez, Adonis Diaz, and Pablo Reinaldo Romo were initially charged with multiple counts of aggravated battery, but Miami-Dade prosecutors filed the enhanced aggravated battery with prejudice hate crime charges on Thursday morning.
Their bonds amount were also increased under the new charges.
Rene Chalarca and Dmitry Logunov were standing near public restrooms in the 500 block of Lummus Park when they were attacked by the four men on April 8, a little while after the pride parade had ended, police says.
“We probably provoked them because we were walking together, holding hands. It was gay pride, South Beach was full of gay people,” said Logunov. (www.nbcmiami.com)
The incident started when Logunov and Romo bumped into each other near the restrooms, according to an arrest report.
Police said the victims were called gay slurs in Spanish during the attack. Police said the victims started running away but were chased by the suspects and punched more than once.
Helmut Muller Estrada, who tried to stop the attack, was also punched and had to be taken to the hospital.
Two days later, the four suspects surrendered to police. They were released from jail after posting bail.