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Watch: Police Search for Men Who Allegedly Attacked Gay Couple After Miami Beach Pride

Tuesday Apr 10, 2018
Rene Chalarca talks with NBC Miami.
Rene Chalarca talks with NBC Miami.  (Source:NBC Miami)

Miami Police said they are currently searching for a group of men who allegedly attacked a gay couple on South Beach Sunday after Miami Beach Gay Pride, NBC Miami reports.

Couple Rene Chalarca and Dmitry Logunov were standing near restrooms when they were randomly attacked by four men, authorities said, adding that the men used Spanish gay slurs towards the couple during the alleged beating.

When the couple tried to escape, the group of men went after them but a witness, Helmut Muller Estrada, tried to stop the attack.

"What you see on the video continues. And it continues once they are on the ground and they continue to be attacked and violently punched," Ernesto Rodriguez of Miami Beach Police told NBC Miami.

Estrada was hit and knocked to the ground. He suffered injuries and was taken to a hospital for observation, according to the news station. Chalarca and Logunov were also inured in the incident.

"We probably provoked them because we were walking together, holding hands. It was gay pride, South Beach was full of gay people," Logunov told NBC Miami.

Chalarca added: "This was the first time that I go to this type of event, and of course it got me overwhelmed like, 'Why, why us? Why is this happening, especially here in Miami?' "

Watch NBC Miami's report on the incident below. Also below is surveillance footage of the four suspects.


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