Queens man charged with hate crime after attack on NJ couple

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A Queens man is facing hate crime charges after he allegedly attacked a New Jersey couple as they left a gay bar in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.

The NYPD says that Brandon McNamara, 25, turned himself in to police Wednesday morning after his picture was posted in the media.

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Authorities says that McNamara went up to the 29- and 34-year-old Hawthorne men, made an anti-gay statement, and then punched the 34-year-old in the face, knocking him unconscious. McNamara then allegedly threw the 29-year-old against a tree, causing him to also lose consciousness.

The 34-year-old was taken to Bellevue Hospital with a fractured shoulder. The other man was treated for a broken finger at NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull.

McNamara faces charges of assault as a hate crime, assault and harassment as a hate crime.

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