Four men were arrested and charged with aggravated assault after beating a gay couple, Tristan Perry and Spencer Deehring, in Texas, police have confirmed.
Miguel Macias, his brother Frank Macias, Quinn O'Connor and Kolby Monell are the names of the suspects who were taken into the custody on Wednesday, February 13, in Travis County.
Each of them were charged with two counts of aggravated assault, a second-degree felony, for the attack took place on January 19 in Austin. Their bails were set at $150,000 and according to Jail records list, no attorneys are hired for them.
Prosecutors are seeking a hate-crime enhancement from a jury in order to elevate the charges to first-degree felonies.
According to Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore, a strong case exists that Tristan and Spencer were targeted because of being gay.
Spencher reportedly told authorities that he and Tristan were holding hands when a man made a derogatory comment. After the gay couple responded, up to five men came to attack them using homophobic slurs.
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