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Police say a young gay couple in Washington, D.C., was assaulted Sunday in what appears to be a homophobic attack.
Carl Craven and Braden Brecht were attacked by what they described online as “a mob of 15 guys” outside of a bar.
Three teenagers have been arrested and charged with robbery with force and violence, as well as a hate crime charge, according to D.C. police.
The couple have posted a GoFundMe to cover the medical costs of Brecht’s injuries. He is uninsured.
After exiting a bar called Hawthorne’s Sunday at around 1:45 a.m., the couple walked to a gay bar, Nellie’s, according to a description of the event on GoFundMe.
Suspects began to call the couple a homophobic slur before attacking Brecht, per the description, and Craven jumped in to defend Brecht.
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“Instinctively, I just jumped on top of him and tried to shield him and was shouting, ‘Help, help, help!'” Craven told NBC Washington.
Brecht suffered a cut on his lip and what appears to be a swollen eye, as well as a tooth chipped in the altercation. Brecht’s phone and Craven’s wallet were stolen, as well.
The couple moved to D.C. a month ago for an internship position held by Craven, NBC Washington reported.
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